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c.536-600. Eastern church historian. Born probably in Syria, he seems to have been a lawyer by profession. His history of the church begins where Eusebius's Ecclesiastical History stops, with the (431), and brings the account of the church to his own lifetime, about 590. His six books contain both valuable and now nonexistent source materials as well as worthless legends. He generally reflects the speculative theology of the period and especially the curious interest in the miraculous. His ecclesiastical history can be found in England in Bohn's Ecclesiastical Library (1854), pp. 251-467; and in the Greek text in J.P. Migne, Patrologia Graeca, vol. 86:2, pp. 2415-2906.