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Headword: Θεόφιλος
Adler number: theta,197
Translated headword: Theophilos, Theophilus
Vetting Status: high
When this man[1] returned from India he spent time in Antioch, not having any church assigned to him in particular, but being a sort of common [missionary] and allowed to visit all [churches] without fear as if they were his own. The emperor treated him as much as possible with all honor and respect, and everyone else whom he met received him with all goodwill and was amazed at the greatness of his virtue. For he was a man greater than one could make clear in words, like some image of the apostles. Indeed he is said to have raised a corpse of a certain person in Antioch of Judea. Thalassios says this, one of those who were with the man for no little time, and very little to be suspected of falsehood in such matters; besides, he had not a few fellow-witnesses among those who were with him at the same time.
Greek Original:
Θεόφιλος: οὗτος ἀπὸ Ἰνδῶν ἐπανελθὼν ἐν Ἀντιοχείᾳ διῆγεν, ἐκκλησίαν μὲν ἀφωρισμένως οὐδεμίαν ἔχων αὐτός, κοινὸς δέ τις ὢν καὶ πάσαις αὐτῷ μετ' ἀδείας ἐπιφοιτᾶν ὡς ἰδίαις ἐξόν, βασιλέως τε αὐτὸν ἐς τὰ μάλιστα διὰ τιμῆς τε πάσης καὶ αἰδοῦς ἄγοντος καὶ τῶν ἄλλων ἁπάντων, ὁπόσοις ἐπισταίη, μετὰ πάσης προθυμίας αὐτὸν ὑποδεχομένων καὶ τὸ τῆς ἀρετῆς αὐτοῦ μέγεθος καταπληττομένων. ἦν γὰρ ὁ ἀνὴρ κρείσσων ἢ ὡς ἄν τις δηλώσειε λόγῳ, ὡς ἄν τις τῶν ἀποστόλων εἰκών. λέγεταί γέ τοί ποτε καὶ νεκρὸν ἀναστῆσαι ἐν Ἀντιοχείᾳ Ἰουδαίας τινός. Θαλάσσιος δὲ τοῦτό φησι, τῶν ἐπ' οὐκ ὀλίγον τἀνδρὶ συγγενομένων χρόνον, καὶ ἥκιστα δὴ εἰς τὰ τοιαῦτα ψεύδεσθαι ὕποπτος ὤν, ἄλλως τε καὶ ἔχων οὐκ ὀλίγους τῶν κατ' αὐτὸν αὐτῷ γενομένων χρόνον τοὺς ἐπιμαρτυροῦντας.
Philostorgius, Historia ecclesiastica III.6a, p. 36 Bidez-Winkelmann.
[1] Theophilus the Indian, an Arian, sent by Emperor Constantius (in c.354 CE) on a mission to Arabia and Ethiopia: see Catholic Encyclopedia entry at web address 1.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; Christianity; ethics; geography; historiography; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 16 April 2008@14:25:34.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaks) on 17 April 2008@03:08:51.
David Whitehead on 1 January 2013@05:36:28.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 4 November 2018@01:42:18.


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