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Dionysius Exiguus
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(c. 470–540). Born in Scythia, Dionysius moved to Rome about 500 ce. He translated into Latin a number of Greek patristic works, including the De opificio hominis of Gregory of Nyssa. Dionysius also compiled a comprehensive collection of ecclesiastical canons, from the Apostolic Canons to the Council of Chalcedon. In 525 he was commissioned to prepare new calculations for the date of Easter (Chronology: IV). Dionysius extended for another 95 years the tables of Cyril of Alexandria, who had calculated the dates for the years 153 to 247 from the Alexandrian era of Diocletia…

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Mosshammer, Alden A., “Dionysius Exiguus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 December 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_03731>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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