Goriun surnamed SKANTCHELI (the Admirable One), an Armenian theologian, lived in the 5th century of the Christian sera. After studying philosophy, theology, and the Syriac and Greek languages under St. Mesrop (q.v.) and patriarch Isaac I, he was sent to Constantinople to complete his studies. On returning to his country, he engaged with Esnig (q.v.) and four others in a translation of the Bible, and of several works of the Greek fathers, into the Armenian. He subsequently became bishop of a diocese bordering upon Georgia. He is the author of a work on The Life of Mesrop, which is of importance for the early history of the Armenian Church, and was published by the Mekhitarists at Venice in Opere di antichi Scrittori Armeni del quinto secolo (Ven. 1833). See De Welte, Goriuns Lebensbeschreib. d. heil. Mesrop (Tib. 1844). (A.J.S.)

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