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Headword: *)iwa/nnhs
Adler number: iota,467
Translated headword: John [of Damascus], Johannes Damascenus
Vetting Status: high
[John] the Damascene, surnamed Mans(o)ur,[1] a most eloquent man, second to none of those who were notable for education in his time. There are a great many writings of his, especially philosophical works: Selected Parallels on the Holy Scripture, lyrical canons both iambic and in prose. Cosmas of Jerusalem flourished along with him, a very intelligent man who breathed forth musical harmony. The lyrical canons of John and Cosmas have not received nor are likely to receive any comparison, as long as our life shall last.
Greek Original:
*)iwa/nnhs o( *damaskhno/s, o( e)piklhqei\s *mansou/r, a)nh\r kai\ au)to\s e)llogimw/tatos, ou)deno\s deu/teros tw=n kat' au)to\n e)n paidei/a| lamya/ntwn. suggra/mmata au)tou= pa/nu polla\ kai\ ma/lista filo/sofa: ei)/s te th\n qei/an grafh\n *para/llhloi kat' e)klogh/n, kai\ oi( a)|smatikoi\ kano/nes, i)ambikoi/ te kai\ kataloga/dhn. sunh/kmaze d' au)tw=| kai\ *kosma=s o( e)c *(ierosolu/mwn, a)nh\r eu)fue/statos kai\ pne/wn mousikh\n o(/lws th\n e)narmo/nion. oi( gou=n a)|smatikoi\ kano/nes *)iwa/nnou te kai\ *kosma= su/gkrisin ou)k e)de/canto ou)de\ de/cainto, me/xris a)\n o( kaq' h(ma=s bi/os peraiwqh/setai.
John of Damascus is noted for his defense of icon-veneration and for his liturgical poetry (8th c.). See Catholic Encyclopedia entry at web address 1.
For his adoptive brother Cosmas, see also kappa 2139.
[1] = Blasphemer, according to George the Monk and others -- but according to Wikipedia, "victorious" (web address 2). In any event, an Arabic word frequently attested as a proper name up to the present time.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: biography; Christianity; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; geography; meter and music; poetry; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 13 January 2002@00:28:10.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead on 31 August 2002@09:26:32.
Catharine Roth (corrected typo) on 6 April 2004@13:05:43.
Catharine Roth (added a keyword) on 5 October 2005@01:29:39.
David Whitehead (another note; more keywords) on 13 January 2013@07:44:36.
David Whitehead on 13 January 2013@07:47:07.
Catharine Roth (deleted a link) on 13 January 2013@23:56:07.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 6 January 2020@21:42:38.
Catharine Roth (expanded note, added link) on 7 January 2020@00:42:59.


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