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Os: lexicis addendum. 8 KcxA6ytlpOS: 'venerable', very frequently used of monks. 9 11 TCxxOS Tpavoo6ivres: in patristic Greek this verb can mean 'instruct'. ft: probably in origin a mixture of TCxxOS and 6CiTrov ft; there are several examples of this construction in Agathias (see p. 221 of Keydell's edition). 14 o

Ia). Zosimos of Panopolis, a fourth century Gnostic, is the first identifiable Greek alchemist. 30 KCXTCXT(6eTat: 'records', a meaning not attested in the classical language. 31 ypacptKols: 'scriptural'. EVOS: 'proving'; lexicis addendum. rroov: the author must have used some of the spoken language of his day.

61 &Aas: this neuter form is frequent in the LXX and almost universal in the N. T. 64 Hesseling thought the words els •.. ST]i\ov6Tl a gloss that has intruded into the text. THEOPHANES THE CONFESSOR (c. 752-818) The main source for the history of the seventh and eighth centuries is Theophanes' chronicle, which covers the years 284--813 in annalistic fashion. It is a continuation of a similar work by George Syncellus and was undertaken at his request. Some parts are no more than a dull summary of extant sources such as Procopius, but elsewhere he has preserved valuable lost material.

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