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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.



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