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Sylvester Syropoulos

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'''Sylvester Syropoulos''' (ca.1400 - ca.1453) was a ''Grand Ecclesiarch (Megas Ecclesiarches)'' and [[Deacon]] of the [[Church of Constantinople|Great Church]], who composed an account of the Greek delegation at the [[Council of Florence|Council of Ferrara-Florence]]. The office of ''Grand Ecclesiarch'' was a high patriarchal office, fifth in the hierarchy after the ''[[w:Chartophylax|Chartophylax]]'' and before the ''[[w:Sakellarios|Sakellios]].''
We know little about Syropoulos’s Syropoulos’ dates, but it is likely that he was born around 1400 and died sometime after 1453. His parents and ancestors were also employed in the Church. There are records of Syropouloi in ecclesiastical offices in Constantinople from the eleventh century onward.
It is likely that Syropoulos received an excellent education in the patriarchal school but, somewhat surprisingly, he did not write his ''Memoirs'' in a high literary style or present the theological issues discussed at the [[Council of Florence|Council of Ferrara-Florence]] in a very sophisticated way.
==Translation of 'Memoirs'==
* The Syropoulos Project. ''[http://syropoulos.co.uk/translation.htm THE MEMOIRS OF SYLVESTER SYROPOULOS: Section Four].''<ref>V. Laurent. ''Les ‘Mémoires’ de Sylvestre Syropoulos sur le concile de Florence (1438-1439).'' (Paris: [[w:French National Centre for Scientific Research|CNRS]], 1971), pp. 196, ff.</ref>
 
==See also==
* [[Council of Florence]]
==References==
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