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6. ICONOMACHUS. An Ignatius, contemporary of Theodore Studita lived in the latter half of the eighth and the beginning of the ninth century.


Acrostich verses against the use of images

He wrote some acrostich verses against the use of images in divine worship. These, with some similar efforts of perverted ingenuity by other persons, are quoted, with a laboured confutation, by Theodore, who was a zealous champion of images. The structure of these pieces is singular : each consists of but a few lines, of which the initial letters, taken consecutively, the medial letters, and the final letters, compose a sentence. The confutation or tion is in prose. (Theodorus Studita, Opera, apud Sirmond. Opera Varia, vol. v. p. 169, seq.) According to Montfaucon there are many omissions in the verses as given by Sirmond, which he states might be supplied from a MS. then in the Coislin Library; but as the poem in Sirmond's edition has the appearance of completeness, the accuracy of Montfaucon's statement may be doubted.

Further Information

Fabric. Bibl. Gr. vol. vii. p. 46.

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