Nikiphor a Russian prelate of note, flourished after the opening of the 12th century. He was a Greek by birth, and came to Russia in 1106. He rapidly rose to the highest ecclesiastical distinction, and finally became metropolitan of Kief and all Russia. He died in April, 1121. He is spoken of by contemporaries as a learned but modest man, who wielded a powerful influence among Russian ecclesiastics. Of Nikiphor's works the following remain: Official Letters to the Grand Prince Waldimir Wsewolodowitsch Monomach, upon the Separation of the Eastern and Western Churches: — Upon Fasting and Continence. The first is to be found in MS. in the synodal library of Moscow, and the second is printed in the first volume of the Menzorabilia, which were published by the Moscow Historical and Antiquarian Society. See Cox's Otto, History of Russian Life (Oxford, 1839, 8vo), p. 304.' (J. H. W.)

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