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A Dictionary of Early Christian Biography

Antiochus, Bishop of Ptolemais

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Antiochus (1) , bp. of Ptolemais, c. A.D. 401. To display his oratorical powers in a wider field he left Ptolemais and settled at Constantinople, where his fine voice and appropriate action, together with the eloquent and perspicuous character of his discourses, soon attracted large auditories, by whom, like his great contemporary John, he was surnamed "The Golden-mouthed." Having amassed considerable wealth, he returned to his deserted see, where he employed his leisure in composing a long treatise "against avarice." He took a zealous part in the proceedings against Chrysostom, and is reckoned by Palladius among his bitterest enemies. He died in the reign of Arcadius, before A.D. 408, and, according to Nicephorus, his end, like that of all the enemies of Chrysostom, was miserable. A homily on The Cure of the Blind Man is also mentioned. With the exception of a sentence quoted by Theodoret, Dial. 2, and a longer fragment given in the Catena on St. John , xix. p. 443, his works have perished (Socr. vi. 11; Soz. viii. 10; Niceph. xiii. 26; Gennadius in Catalog. ; Pallad. Dialog. p. 49; Fabr. Bibl. Gk. ix. 259).


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Wace, Henry. Entry for 'Antiochus, Bishop of Ptolemais'. A Dictionary of Early Christian Biography. 1911.

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