Zacharias Scholasticus Bishop of Mitylene

Zacharias Scholasticus Bishop Of Mitylene, in the island of Lesbos, was present at the Synod of Constantinople (A.D. 536) which deposed Anthimus, the patriarch of Alexandria. Zacharias had studied philosophy at Alexandria, and for some time practiced as an advocate at Berytus. He is the author of Amnmosius sive de Mundi Opificio, a dialogue in which he defends the Christian view of creation and government of the world against objections to it raised from the point of view of the Greek philosophy. It was first published at Paris in 1619. The best edition is that by Jean Fr. Boissonade, AEneas Gazaeus et Zacharias Mityleniaeus, de Immortalitate Animae et Mundi Consummatione (Paris, 1836). He also wrote, Disputatio contra Ea, quae de Duobus Principiis a Manichaeo quodam Scripta et Projecta in Viam Publicam Reperit Justinianus Imperator (Latin interpretation by Turriano, in Bibl. Pat. Max. Lugd. 9:794). See Brucker, Hist. Crit. Philos. 2:528; Ritter, Geschichte der christl. Philosophie, 2:495, Herzog, Real-Encyklop. s.v. (B.P.)

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