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3. Of THEBES, a writer of the tenth or eleventh centuries, of whose personal history nothing is known, and whose date can only be approximately given.


In his principal work, his Chronicle, he cites Symeon Metaphrastes, whom he calls, as if speaking of a contemporary, κύριος Συμεών; but the age of Symeon himself (fixed by some in the 10th century, by others in the 12th) is too doubtful to afford much aid in determining that of Hippolytus. Hippolytus is quoted by Michael Glykas, a writer of the middle of the twelfth century, and who confounds, as do some moderns, Hippolytus of Thebes with Hippolytus of Portus Romanus (Annales, pars iii. p. 227, ed. Paris, p. 423, ed. Bonn), and by Nicephorus Callisti, who died A. D. 1327. (H. E. 2.3.)



The principal work of Hippolytus is his Chronicon, Ἱππολύτου Θηβαίου Χρονικόν Σύνταγμα (or Σύγγραμμα).


A Latin version of a fragment of this was published by Joannes Sambucus, 8vo. Padua, 1556, under the title of Libellus de Ortu et Cognatione Virginis Mariae ; and a part in Greek, with a Latin version, was given in the third volume of the Lectiones Antiquae of Canisius.

Various fragments were given in the Commentarü de Biblioth. Caesar. of Lambecius; and some others were added Emanuel Schelstratenus in his Antiquitat. Ecclesiae Illustratis, fol. Rome, 1692, in which he made important corrections in the text, and most or all the portions thus collected were reprinted by Fabricius in his edition of the Works of Hippolytus of Portus, partly in the appendix to the 1 st vol. and partly in the 2d vol. Basnage, in his edition of Canisius, made some farther additions, and the whole, with one or two additional fragments, were given in the Biblioth. Patrum of Gallandius, vol. xiv. p. 106, &c.

Short pieces on the Apostles


Two short pieces, Περὶ τῶν ιβ́ Ἀποστόλων and Περὶ τῶν ό Ἀποστόλων, which some have ascribed to Hippolytus of Portus (No. 1), the first of which had been published by Combéfis in his Auctarium Novum, vol. ii. fol. Paris, and which are given by Fabricius among the " dubia ac supposititia, " in his edition of Hippolytus, are also given by Gallandius as the productions of Hippolytus of Thebes

Fabricius, in his Bibl. Gr. vol. vii. p. 200, considers them to be portions of his Chronicon.

Further Information

Gallandius, Prolegom. to his 14th volume, p. v.; Fabric. Bibl. Graec. vol. viii. p. 198; Cave, Hist. Litt. vol. ii. p. 96, ed. Oxford, 1740-1743.

Other figures named Hippolytus

Some other Hippolyti enumerated by Fabricius (Bibl. Gr. vol. vii. p. 197, &c.) are too unimportant to require notice here.


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