BornNisibis, (Syria), circa575
DiedKennesrin (also called Qinnesrin or Qenneshrê), (Syria), 666/667
Severus Sebokht was one of the leading figures of ecclesiastical, philosophical, and scientific culture of late antique Syria, although little definitive information is known about his life. Born in Persian territory at Nisibis, he left his teaching post in its famous school in 612 after a doctrinal dispute among the Nestorians. Later consecrated a bishop, he pursued a career in the Syrian Monophysite church within Byzantine jurisdiction, residing as a monk at the monastery at Kennesrin on the west bank of the Euphrates, one of the chief seats of Greek learning in western Syria. He continued to write until at least 665.
Like many of his contemporaries, Severus was bicultural, partaking of the Byzantine Greek influence on western Syrian intellectual circles while fully immersed in his own Syrian cultural milieu. He does,...
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