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Sozomĕnus

Σωζόμενος), usually called Sozomen in English, was a Greek ecclesiastical historian of the fifth century. He was probably a native of Bethelia or Bethel, a village near Gaza in Palestine. His parents were Christians. He practised as an advocate at Constantinople, whence he is styled Scholasticus; and he was still engaged in his profession when he wrote his history. This ecclesiastical history, which is extant, is in nine books, and is dedicated to the emperor Theodosius II. It commences with the reign of Constantine, and comes down a little later than the death of Honorius, A.D. 423. The work is incomplete, and breaks off in the middle of a chapter. The author, we know, had proposed to bring it down to 439, the year in which the history of Socrates ends. See Socrates 2.

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