Zacharias2. The preceding should no doubt be distinguished from Zacharias surnamed Scholasticus. The latter studied philosophy at Alexandria, and jutrisprudence at Berytus. After some time he was made bishop of Mytilene in Lesbos, and while in this office was present at the council held at Constantinople in A. D. 536, in the Acta of which he is several times mentioned.
The Ammonius, an anti-platonic dialogue
There is still extant a work by Zacharias. entitled Ἀμμώνιος.
It professed to be a dialogue held with a disciple of Ammonius, and to contain the substance of a discussion held at Alexandria with Ammonius himself and one Gessius, a physician.
The design of the work is to refute the favourite Platonic doctrine of the eternity of the universe. (Ὅτι οὐ συναΐδιος τῷ θεῷ ὁ κόσμος, ἀλλὰ δημιούργημα αὐτοῦ τυγχάνει), and the occasion which led to its composition was the endeavour of a disciple of Ammonius who had come to Berytus to spread that doctrine, so inimical to the Christian faith.
The style of Zacharias is formed very much in imitation of that of Plato.
EditionsThis dialogue was published in Greek and Latin by J. Tarin, in connection with the Philocalia of Origenes (Paris, 1619). It is also to be found in K. Barth's edition of Aeneas of Gaza (Leipzig, 1655).
Ἀντίρ̀ῥησις Ζαχαρίου, ἐπισκόπου Μιτυλήνης, τὸν παραλογισμὸν τοῦ Μανιχαίου διελέγχουσα.