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Synesius of Cyrene


Mosaic depicting an angel. Museum of Ptolemais. Photo Marco Prins.
Mosaic depicting an angel. Museum of PtolemaisBrother
Synesius of Cyrene (c.370-c.413) was a Neo-Platonic philosopher who became bishop of Ptolemais in the Cyrenaica. He left behind a small corpus of texts that offer much information about daily life in Late Antiquity, and about the christianization of the Roman world.

Letters in Manuscript Order Letters in Historical Order Other Texts

Synesius' Correspondents

Anastasius
Andronicus
  • Born in Berenice; military commander of Cyrenaica, with whom Synesius had a conflict that culminated in the soldier's excommunication
  • 412: 57: Against Andronicus (this is not a letter but a speech)
Anthemius
  • One of the most powerful men in the eastern Empire: consul in 405 (with Stilicho), praetorian prefect, friend of John Chrysostom, prefect of Constantinople during the reign of Theodosius II
Anysius
Asclepiodotus
Athanasius
Aurelian
Auxentius
The Bishops
Chryses
Chryso-...
Cledonius
Constans
Cyril
Diogenes
Domitian
The Elders
Eupotius
Heliodorus
Herculian
Herodes and Martyrius
Hesychius
Hypatia Joannes I
Joannes II Joannes III Nicander
Olympius
Pentadius
Peter
Proclus
Pylaemenes
Simplicius
Stratonice and Theodorus
Theodorus
  • A patron of the arts, otherwise unknown, mentioned in Letters 18, 20, and 21
Theophilus
Theotimus
Troilus
Trypho
Uranius
Other
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Revision: 4 November 2007
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