Epiphanius the Wise
Epiphanius the Wise (Russian: Епифаний Премудрый) was a monk of the Church of Russia during the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries. He was a noted writer during the Russian spiritual and cultural revival of the period. Epiphanius was a disciple of St. Sergius of Radonezh and an admirer of Theophanes the Greek.
Nothing is known of his birth. He was from Rostov and was a disciple of Sergius of Radonezh of whom he began writing his Life of Sergei Radonezh a year after the saint's repose. He did not finish until some twenty six years later. A monastic, he was ordained a priest and was a confessor at Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. He also wrote a Life of St. Stephen of Perm. As an admirer of Theophanes the Greek, Epiphanius through a letter to another monk provided a significant record of the life and work of Theophanes.
Epiphanius died in 1420.