Controversy exists as to the date on which Evagrius was born, since historian G. Chesnut asserts that he was born in either or , yet the researcher Whitby claims that he was born in Evagrius himself was infected by the outbreak yet miraculously managed to survive this disaster during his youth. According to his own account, close members of his family died from the outbreak, including his wife at the time. His education was long-ranging and comprehensive since early childhood, starting with a specialization in Grammar and transitioning to classical Greek literature.
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Controversy exists as to the date on which Evagrius was born, since historian G. Chesnut asserts that he was born in either or , yet the researcher Whitby claims that he was born in Evagrius himself was infected by the outbreak yet miraculously managed to survive this disaster during his youth.
According to his own account, close members of his family died from the outbreak, including his wife at the time. His education was long-ranging and comprehensive since early childhood, starting with a specialization in Grammar and transitioning to classical Greek literature. He respected the former scholar for his contributions to the histories of the 5th and 6th centuries AD but chastised him for his Monophysite position. The editio princeps was published in under the name of Robertus Stephanus better known as Robert Estienne.
John Christopherson , bishop of Chichester, made a Latin translation of the Ecclesiastical History, which was published after his death in Because of regional affiliations Evagrius depicts the emperor in a more sympathetic light, praising his moderate approach to justice and his restraint towards excessive persecution, yet still decrying his heresy and displays of wealth.
When the scholar mentions important occasions in his own life, lack of chronological labeling is especially evident — which can provide complications to those analyzing his book.
Offenbar genoss Euagrios in Rechtsangelegenheiten einen guten Ruf, denn er begleitete Gregor nach Konstantinopel, wo er ihn in einem Prozess verteidigte. Euagrios war mehrmals verheiratet und hatte mehrere Kinder. Nach dem Tod seiner ersten Frau, die an den Folgen der Pest verstorben war, heiratete er im Oktober nochmals. Die Kirchengeschichte des Euagrios gilt als das letzte bedeutende antike Werk dieser Gattung. Die Tradition der Kirchengeschichte wurde dann erst in nachantiker Zeit wieder aufgegriffen. Das Werk ist auf Altgriechisch verfasst, sein Stil gilt als anspruchsvoll und recht schwierig. Dies zeigt auch seine Auflistung mehrerer Geschichtsschreiber der Vergangenheit, von denen einige nur dem Namen nach bekannt sind etwa Nikostratos von Trapezunt und ein gewisser Eusebios , von manchen Forschern — allerdings wohl unzutreffend — mit Eusebius von Nantes gleichgesetzt.
THE very few particulars which are known respecting the author of the following History, are gathered from the history itself. Evagrius was a native of Epiphania on the Orontes, and his birth may be fixed about A. He was by profession a Scholasticus, or advocate, and by this title he is commonly distinguished from other persons of the same name. The earliest circumstance which the historian mentions respecting himself, is his visit when a child, in company with his parents, to Apamea, to witness the solemn display of the wood of the cross, amidst the consternation caused by the sack of Antioch by Chosroes Book IV. The history, in many places, shows a minute familiarity with the localities of Antioch: and the prominent interest which the writer variously manifests in that city and its fortunes, can only be accounted for by supposing that it was his ordinary residence, and the principal scene of his professional practice. In his description of the great pestilence which continued its viii ravages throughout the empire for more than fifty years, he mentions that he himself was attacked by the disease in his childhood, and that subsequently he lost by it his first wife, besides several relatives and members of his household, and among them in particular a daughter with her child Book IV.