Paulus, the most learned and technically accomplished Greek poet of *Justinian's reign. Of wealthy family and distinguished education, he served as silentiary (usher), ultimately chief silentiary, under Justinian and Justin II. His major work is an *epic celebrating the rededication of the Church of St Sophia in 562/3, restored after damage in the 557 earthquake; this combines panegyric of emperor and patriarch with architectural description in an intellectual tour de force that demonstrates the ability of traditional Homeric epic (see
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