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2. ARCHBISHOP OF BULGARIA, flourished about A. D. 1070 and onwards, and is celebrated for his commentaries on the Scriptures, and some other works. There are scarcely any particulars of his life worth recording. He appears to have been a native of Constantinople, and a deacon in the principal church there, and to have been appointed to the archbishopric of Bulgaria, the chief city of which was Acris, between A. D. 1070 and 1077. Here he suffered much from the uncivilised state of the people of his province, and tried in vain to lay down his office. He appears to have lived down to A. D. 1112, or later.



His Commentaries upon the Gospels, the Acts, the Epistles of Paul, and the Minor Prophets, are founded on the commentaries of Chrysostom, and are of considerable value.

Treatise on Royal Education

He also wrote a treatise on royal education (Παιδεία Βασιλική, Institutio Regia) for the use of the prince Constantinus Porphyrogennetus,the son of Michael VII.; seventy-five Letters; some Homilies and Orations, and a few other small treatises.


A splendid edition of all his works in Greek and Latin was published by J. F. Bernard Maria de Rubeis, Venet. 1754-1763, 4 vols. folio, with a Preliminary Dissertation, containing all that is known of the life and writings of Theophylact, with an elaborate analysis of his works and his opinions.

Further Information

See also Cave, Hist. Litt s. a. 1077, p. 153; Fabric. Bibl. Graec. vol. vii. pp. 586-598; Schröckh, Christ. Kirchengeschichte, vol. xxviii. pp. 313, foil.; for an account of several editions of portions of his works, see Hoffmann, Lexicon Bibliogr. Script. Graec.

Other figures named Theophylactus

A few other unimportant persons of the name are noticed by Fabricius (Bibl. Graec. vol. vii. p. 586).


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