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Chrysoberges, Lucas

Λουκᾶς Χρυσοβέρψης), an important writer on the Canon law and other ecclesiastical and religious subjects, was chosen patriarch of Constantinople in A. D. 1155, presided at the synod of Constantinople in 1166, and died in 1167.


His works are mostly lost, and only some fragments are printed.

Thirteen Decreta Synodalia are contained in Leunclavius, Jus Graeco-Romanum. They treat on important subjects, as, for instance, No. 2. De Clericis qui se immiscent saecularibus Negotiis ; No. 4. De indecoris et scenicis Ritibus sanctorum notariorum Festo abrogandis; No. 13. Ne Clerici turpilucra fiant, aut medici, &c.

Greek Poems in Iambic verse in MS

A Greek poem in iambic verses, and another poem on fasting, both extant in MS. in the imperial library at Vienna, are attributed to Chrysoberges, and it is believed that he wrote his poem on fasting at the request of a lady, before he was appointed to the patriarchal see of Constantinople.

One Maximus Chrysoberges, who lived about 1400, wrote Oratio de Processione Spiritus Sancti, dedicated to the Cretans.


This is printed with a Latin translation in the second vol. of Leo Allatius, " Graecia Orthodoxa."

Further Information

Cave, Hist. Liter. ii. p. 390, ad an. 1155; Fabric. Bibl. Graec. xi. pp. 338, 339, 9.679.


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