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2. Of BYZA, apparently the BIZYA of the classical writers, an episcopal city of Thrace, lived in the fifth century.


Letter to Leo I.

A Latin version of a letter of his to the emperor Leo I. Thrax (who reigned from A. D. 457 to 474), is given in the various editions of the Concilia. It recognises the authority of the three councils of Nice, A. D. 325, Ephesus A. D. 431, and Chalcedon A. D. 451, and declares Timotheus (Aelurus) patriarch of Alexandria, to be deserving of deposition. From the reference to this last matter, on which Leo seems to have required the judgment of various prelates, the letter appears to have been written in or soon after A. D. 457. In the superscription to the letter he is called " Byzae Metropolitanus ;" but if we are correct in identifying Byza with Bizya, this title must not be understood as implying archiepiscopal rank, for Bizya does not appear to have been an archiepiscopal see, but a simple bishoprick, under the metropolitan of Heracleia, of whom Lucian appeared as the representative in the council of Chalcedon. Lucian's name is subscribed to a decretal of Gennadius I., patriarch of Constantinople (A. D. 459 to 471), as Lucian, " bishop of the Metropolitan see of Byza," ἐπίοκοπος μητροπόλεως Βύζης.

Further Information

Concilia, vol. iv. col. 908, ed. Labbe; vol. ii. col. 707, ed. Hardouin; vol. vii. col. 541, ed. Mansi; Le Quien, Oriens Christianus, vol. i. col. 1146; Cave, Hist. Litt. ad ann. 457.

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