Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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Sophronius, ‘the Sophist’
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Sophronius, Patriarch of Jerusalem

Date of Birth: Between 550 and 580, most probably c. 560

Place of Birth: Damascus

Date of Death: 11 March 638

Place of Death: Jerusalem


Sophronius, son of Myro and Plynthas, who were Greek-speaking but of Syrian origin, was born in Damascus, a city which he praises for its Hellenistic culture and long philosophical tradition. He was a teacher of rhetoric (whence ‘…

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Sahas, Daniel J., “Sophronius, ‘the Sophist’”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 28 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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