2. Surnamed MELISSA (the Bee), a Greek monk, who is placed by some writers in the eighth and by others in the twelfth century of our era.
He must, however, at any rate have lived after the time of Theophylact, whom he mentions.
Collection of Common-Places
He made a collection of so-called loci communes
, or sentences on virtues and vices, which is still extant.
It resembles the Sermones of Stobaeus, and consists of two books in 176 titles.
The extracts are taken from the early Christian fathers.
The work is printed at the end of the editions of Stobaeus published at Frankfort, 1581
, and Geneva, 1609, fol. It is also contained in the Biblioth. Patr. vol. v. p. 878, &c., ed. Paris.
Fabr. Bibl. Gr.
ix. p. 744, &c.; Cave, Script. Eccles. Hist. Lit.
i. p. 666, ed. London.