Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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Michael the Synkellos
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According to his own words recorded in his Life (q.v.), Michael was of ‘Persian’, i.e. Arab, origin. At the age of three, he was dedicated as an anagnostēs (reader) to the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem, at twenty-five he became a monk at the monastery of St Saba, and in 797 (PMBZ, no. 5059) or 798 (Cunningham, Life, pp. xiv and 137, n. 27) he was ordained priest by the patriarch of Jerusalem. Two years later he retur…

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Kolia-Dermitzaki, Athina, “Michael the Synkellos”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 27 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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