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St. Nicholas Cabasilas

XIV Century
Born c. 1320/1323, Nicholas Cabasilas was a Byzantine layman whose Commentary on the Divine Liturgy and Life in Christ are a part of a tradition of lay theology in the Eastern church. A student under his maternal uncle, Archbishop Neilos (or Nilus) of Thessalonica, Cabasilas also studied in Constantinople, where he learned rhetoric, astronomy and law in addition to theology. He supported John VI Catacuzenus in the civil war between him and John V Paleologus; Cabasilas also championed hesychasm. Cabasilas was a poet, and his prose works on subjects like usury show an awareness of and concern for social issues. He died in Constantinople after 1391.

Karen Rae Keck


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