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By Michael Lapidge

Theodore, Archbishop of Canterbury (668SH90), formed the English Church right into a constitution it has retained for a millennium. but until eventually lately he has remained a shadowy determine, whose early profession within the close to East and at Rome has been unknown. during this booklet, which builds at the 1994 booklet of formerly unprinted Biblical commentaries from Theodore's Canterbury university, across the world wonderful students offer a clean account of the profession and writings of a different character who dropped at Anglo-Saxon England the cultural history of Syria, Byzantium and Rome.

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Bischoff and Lapidge, p p . 7 8 - 8 0 . 23 Michael Lapidge cannot be found in the surviving writings of Sophronius, there is some possibility that the information was conveyed to Theodore through personal contact, inasmuch as Sophronius spent some time in Constantinople in the early 630s when (on my reconstruction of his career) Theodore was studying there. 85 A possible further link between the two is Theodore's knowledge of the Greek verse-form known as anacreontics, of which Sophronius was an adept practitioner (see below, pp.

9 3 - 8 ) . Usener, De Stephano Alexandrino Commentatio altera, p p . 6—7 and 15 (text). See Biblical Commentaries, ed. Bischoff and Lapidge, p p . 5 8 - 9 . 66 It is possible, too, that Maximus the Confessor (c. 580—662), a protege of Sophronius and one of the greatest Greek church fathers, studied at Constantinople before setting off for Africa and eventually for Rome. 67 There is, in short, abundant evidence for intellectual activity at Constantinople during the reign of Heraclius. Did Theodore of Tarsus, future archbishop of Canterbury, participate in this activity?

Lapidge and M. Herren, Aldhelm: the Prose Works (Cambridge, 1979), p . 152. See Biblical Commentaries, ed. Bischoff and Lapidge, p . 6 1 . 17 Michael Lapidge bury biblical commentaries (as well as that of the 'Leiden-Family glossaries', on which see below), Theodore was familiar with Greek rhetorical terminology, which once again implies some training in that subject. 71 Stephen of Alexandria had expertise in — and had published treatises on — all these subjects. An even closer link between Stephen and Theodore is demonstrated by their knowledge of Greek medicine.

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