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Paulus Silentiarius

VI Century
Paul the Silentiary was (as his title implies) a lawyer and bureaucrat in Constantinople. He also wrote poetry, his best-known work being a minutely detailed description of Hagia Sophia Cathedral. He was an associate (and perhaps the father-in-law) of another famous poet-lawyer, Agathias of Myrina, editor of The Circle. Many of Paul's short poems appeared in The Circle, which evolved into the present Greek Anthology.

Norman Hugh Redington

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