Arsenius of Elasso
Arsenius Of Elasso, a dignitary of the Greek Church, lived toward the close of the 17th century. He is the author of a "History of the Variations of the Greek Church." From the introduction of Christianity into Russia (992) until 1587, this church was governed by metropolitans dependent upon foreign patriarchs. In 1587, Job, the first Russian patriarch, was consecrated by Jeremiah II, patriarch of Constantinople; and this form of ecclesiastical government continued until 1700, when the Czar put himself at the head of the Russian Church. The details which Arsenius gives us on these "variations in the Greek Church" have been printed in 1749, in the first part of the Catalogue of Manuscripts of Turin. A Latin translation was given in 1820 by Wichmann, in his Sanmlung kleiner Schrifen.-Hoefer, Biographie Universelle, iii, 370.