30. STULTUS or SALUS (ὁ Σαλὸς
), a fanatic of the Eastern Church, apparently born about A. D. 522, in the reign of the emperor Justin I.
He was a Syrian, but his birth-place appears to be unknown.
In the reign of Justinian he visited Jerusalem with a companion, Joannes, with whom he embraced a monastic life, first in a convent, afterwards in a hermitage on the eastern shore of the Dead Sea.
He afterwards visited Jerusalem.
He then went to Emesa, where he continued till his death.
He lived to, if not after, the reign of the emperor Maurice.
The life of this Symeon, written by Leontius of Neapolis [LEONTIUS, No. 20], his contemporary, abounds with absurd stories of his miracles. (Leontius, Vita S. Simeonis Sali,
apud Acta Sanctor. Julii.
vol. i. p. 136, &c.; Nicephorus Callisti. H. E.
lib. 17. c.22.)