St. John, Exarch of Bulgaria
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
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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