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Daphno'pates, Theodo'rus

Θεόδωρος Δαφνοπάτης), an ecclesiastical writer, who lived about the middle of the tenth century after Christ. He is called a patrician and sometimes magister, and was invested with the office of primus a secretis at the court of Constantinople.


History of Byantium

He seems to have written a history of Byzantium (Joan. Scylitzes, Praef.; Cedren. Hist. p. 2), but no distinct traces of it are left.

Theological Writings

Of his many theological writings two only are printed, viz.

1. An oration upon the transfer of the hand of John the Baptist from Antioch to Constantinople

An oration upon the transfer of the hand of John the Baptist from Antioch to Constantinople, which took place in A. D. 956. The year after, when the anniversary of this event was celebrated, Theodorus delivered his oration upon it.


A Latin translation of it is printed in the Acta Sanctorum under the 29th of August. The Greek original, of which MSS. are extant in several libraries, has not yet been published.


That is, extracts from various works of St. Chrysostom, in thirty-three chapters.


They are printed in the editions of the works of St. Chrysostom, vol. vii. p. 669, ed. Savillius, and vol. vi. p. 663, ed. Ducaeus.

Further Information

Fabric. Bibl. Graec. x. p. 385, &c.; Cave, Hist. Lit. ii. p. 316, ed. London, 1698.


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