2. An Armenian abbot.
He fled from his parents and was trained in a monastery on the confines of Pontus and Paphlagonia. About A. D. 961, he was sent by the abbot of his monastery on a missionary tour.
In the course of it he visited Crete, recently freed from the Saracens, and reclaimed the inhabitants to Christianity.
He was employed A. D. 981 to intercede with the Bulgarians, who were making inroads into the Grecian empire, and died, about A. D. 998.
He was canonised, his name being in the calendar of both the Greek and Latin churches, on the 26th of November. From his life, written originally in Greek, and translated by Sirmondus, Baronius (Annales,
vol. x.) has extracted the account of numerous miracles performed by him.
Treatises against the Armenians
Two treatises against the Armenians are ascribed to him (Cave speaks doubtfully of the last).
They are printed, in Greek and Latin, by Cotelerius (Not. ad Patres Apostol. pp. 152, 237).
Other unpublished works
Besides these, other unpublished works of Nicon are mentioned.
Fabric. Bibl. Graec.
vol. x. p. 299, vol. xi. p. 27.5; Cave, Hist. Lit.
vol. ii. p. 103.