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St. John, Exarch of Bulgaria

IX/X Centuries
A schoolmate of the future Bulgarian emperor Symeon I at Constantinople's Magnavra College, St. John became a major prelate in the autocephalous Bulgarian church which Symeon later proclaimed. His scholarly writings had an enormous and centuries-long influence on the whole Slavonic-reading world. They included an Hexæmeron which also outlined the main ideas of ancient Greek philosophy, apologetic tracts against the Bogomils, and a Slavonic translation of the major writings of St. John Damascene.

Norman Hugh Redington


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