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Caba'silas, Neilus

Νεῖλος Καβασίλας), archbishop of Thessalonica, lived according to some about A. D. 1314, and according to others somewhat later, about 1340, in the reign of the emperor Joannes Cantacuzenus. He was a bitter opponent of the doctrines of the Latin Church, whence he is severely censured by modern writers of that church, whereas Greek and even Protestant writers speak of him in terms of high praise.


Cabasilas is the author of several works, of which, however, two only have yet appeared in print.

Works in print

1. An oration on the cause of the schism between the Latin and Greek churches (περὶ τῶν αἰτιῶν τῆς ἐκκλησιαστικῆς διαστάσεως).

2. A small work on the primacy of the pope (περὶ τῆς ἀρχῆς τοῦ πάπα).


The first edition of the latter treatise, with a Latin translation by Mathias Flacius, appeared at Frankfurt in 1555, in small 8vo. This was followed by the editions of B. Vulcanius, Lugd. Bat. 1595, 8vo. and of Salmasius, Hanover, 1608, 8vo. This last edition contains also a work of Barlaam, on the same subject, with notes by the editor, and also the first edition of the oration of Cabasilas on the schism between the two churches, which Salmasius has printed as the second book of the work on the primacy of the pope.


Of this latter work there is an English translation by Thomas Gressop, London, 1560, 8vo.

Works not yet printed

A list of the works of Neilus Cabasilas which have not yet been printed is given by Fabricius.

Further Information

Bibl. Graec. x. p. 20, &c.; comp. Wharton's Appendix to Cave's Hist. Lit. i. p. 34, &c., vol. ii. p. 521, &c. ed. London.


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