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Neo'phytus or Neo'phytus Prodromenus


Νεοφύτου πρεσβυτέρου μοναχοῦ καὶ ἐγκλειστοῦ περὶ τῶν κατὰ χώραν Κύπρον σκαιῶν,

A short, but curious tract bears this title: Νεοφύτου πρεσβυτέρου μοναχοῦ καὶ ἐγκλειστοῦ περὶ τῶν κατὰ χώραν Κύπρον σκαιῶν, Neophyti Presbyteri Monachi et Inclusi, De Calamitatibus Cypri. It gives a brief account of the usurpation of the island by Isaac Comnenus, its conquest, and the imprisonment of Isaac by Richard Coeur de Lion, king of England, and the sale of the island to the Latins (as the writer represents the transaction) by Richard. The writer was contemporary with these transactions, and therefore lived about the close of the twelfth century. He was a resident in and probably a native of Cyprus.


This was published by Cotelerius in his Ecclesiae Graecae Monumenta, vol. ii. p. 457-462.


There are several MSS. in the different European libraries bearing the name of Neophytus. Of these a MS. formerly in the Colbertine Library at Paris, contained thirty Orationes, evidently by our Neophytus.

Other possible works

A Catena in Canticum, and some others on theological subjects, are of more dubious authorship, but are probably by our Neophytus.

Works of Neophytus Pandromus

A Demonstratio de Plantis, and one or two chemical treatises, are by another Neophytus, surnamed Prodromenus.

Works of a third Neophytus

Definitiones and Divisiones Summariae totius Aristotelis Philosophiae and Epitome in Porphyrii quinque voces et in Aristotelis Organon are apparently by a third writer of the same name.

Further Information

Cotelerius, l.c. and notes in col. 678, 679; Du Cange, Glossarium Med. et Inf. Graecitatis ; Index Auctorum, p. 29; Fabric. Bibl. Graec. vol. v. p. 738, vol. 8.661, 662, vol. xi. p. 339, &c.; Cave, Hist. Litt. ad Ann. 1190, vol. ii. p. 251, ed. Oxford, 1740, 1742.


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