Show Summary Details

A more recent version of this content exists; this version was replaced on 30 September 2019. The version that replaced it can be found here.
Page of

PRINTED FROM the OXFORD CLASSICAL DICTIONARY (oxfordre.com/classics). (c) Oxford University Press USA, 2020. All Rights Reserved. Personal use only; commercial use is strictly prohibited (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 10 July 2020

Sozomen, advocate and historian

Advocate and historian in Constantinople in the 5th cent. ce, wrote a compendium of history from the Ascension to 324 in two books (now lost) and a continuation of Eusebius' Historia Ecclesiastica to 439 (although the conclusion is missing). Born into a family near Gaza recently converted to Christianity, he was ambitious for imperial notice, dedicating his History to Theodosius (3) II. Perceiving, like Socrates Scholasticus before him, the need to redefine ecclesiastical history under a Christian empire, Sozomen stressed the propriety of including secular material, with special reference to laws, perhaps inspired by the recent publication of the Theodosian Code (438). More stylish than Socrates, he includes additional material on monasticism and his last book depends heavily on the pagan Olympiodorus' account of western events (published in 425). His History was edited along with those of Socrates and Theodoret to form the Latin manual, the Historia Tripartita.

Bibliography

Text

Ed. J. Bidez and G. C. Hansen, Kirchengeschichte (1960).Find this resource:

G. Sabbah, A.-J. Festugière, and B. Grillet (eds. and trans.), Histoire ecclésiastique (1983–2005).Find this resource:

Do you have feedback?