Patriarch Eutychius of Alexandria

Patriarch Eutychius Of Alexandria

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Eutychius or Sa'id ibn Batriq or Bitriq (10 September 877 - 12 May 940) was the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria. He is known for being one of the first Christian Egyptian writers to use the Arabic language. His writings include his chronicle Nazm al-Jauhar (Arabic, "Row of Jewels"), otherwise known by its Latin title, Eutychii Annales.

Life

He was born in Fustat (old Cairo). Eutychius spent much of his life as a medical practitioner or Mutatabbib. His life was roughly contemporary with Agapius the historian, although neither displays knowledge of the other.

He did not know Greek, but was able to access Greek texts in existing Syriac translations.

In 932 he became the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria at the age of 60.

Works

The most important work is the Nazm al-Jauhar, a world chronicle, which he began before becoming Patriarch, and dedicated to his brother. It begins with the Creation, and runs down to his own times. His Nazm al-Jauhar is a valuable source for events in Persia prior to the rise of Islam and the later Sassanid rulers. For events after the rise...
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