St. Simeon Metaphrastes
St. Simeon Metaphrastes (fl. X Century) was a civil servant who became
a monk when he was old. Little is known about his life. When he was
secretary of statae, he compiled the ten volumes of the Menologion at
the request of Emperor Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus. Simeon collected
the lives of the saints from oral tradition and written collections.
He copied some lives as written and rewrote others. He arranged the lives
in the order of the saints' feast days, and his work became so popular
that many earlier hagiography has been lost. He also wrote a history of
the world and a collection of the sayings of the church fathers.
Simeon is sometimes identified as Simeon Logothelite.
Karen Rae Keck
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