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Marianus, Bishop of Pachoras

X/XI Centuries
Successor of his spiritual father John III as bishop of Faras. He is called "Babylonian" in some inscriptions, meaning presumably that he was from or had lived in Cairo (then still known as Babylon-in-Egypt). He reigned during the period when the Nubian Orthodox Church (at least according to the so-called Polish School of historians of Nubia) was in formal communion with Eastern, as opposed to miaphysite, Orthodoxy. A portrait of Marianus is among the best-known artworks of mediæval Africa.

--- Norman Hugh Redington

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