9. ELIAS SYNCELLUS.
Hymns or poems addressed to the Virgin
Leo Allatius has mentioned some hymns or poems addressed to the Virgin Mary, remarkable for their beauty, piety, and elegance: he promised to publish them, but did not fulfil his intention. Among the writers of them he names Elias Syncellus. (Allatius, Notes to his edition of Eustathius of Antioch,
Montfaucon mentions a black-letter MS. apparently in Latin, belonging at that time to the monastery of Cauines in Languedoc, entitled Requies in Clementinas,
by Elias or Helias.
But who this Elias was, is not stated, nor whether the work was a version from the Greek, which the name of the writer would lead us to suppose.
A MS. entitled Theorica et Practica,
by "Helias Salomon," is also mentioned by Montfacon, but we know nothing of the writer.
Montfaucon, Biliotheca Bibliothecarum,
pp. 515, 1241.