Biography of Constantin von Tischendorf

Constantin von Tischendorf (1815-1874) was a world-leading biblical scholar in his time. He is most famous for his discovery of the Codex Sinaiticus. ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ 1815 – He is born in Lengenfeld, Saxony. 1834 – He begins his scholarly career at the University of Leipzig where he is mainly influenced by JGB Winer, and where he… Continue Reading

Biography of Marcellinus Comes

Marcellinus Comes (d.534) was a Latin chronicler of the Eastern Roman Empire. An Illyrian by birth, he spent most of his life at the court of Constantinople, which is the focus of his surviving work. Only one work of his survives, a chronicle (Annales), which was a continuation of Eusebius’s Ecclesiastical History. It covers the period from 379 to 534, although an unknown writer… Continue Reading

Biographies; 6th century AD

This article contains a list of biographies for people who were born in the 6th century AD. The master list of biographies is found here. ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ Biography of Procopius (c.500-c.565) ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~

Biography of Procopius

Procopius of Caesarea (c.500-565) was a prominent late antique Byzantine Greek scholar from Palaestina Prima. The writings of Procopius are the primary source of information for the rule of the emperor Justinian I. His Secret History was unknown for centuries until it was discovered in the Vatican Library. It was published in Lyon by Niccolò Alamanni in 1623. ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ c.500 – He… Continue Reading

Biography of Moses Shapira

Moses Shapira (1830-1884) was a Jerusalem antiquities dealer and purveyor of allegedly forged Biblical artifacts – the most high profile of which was the Shapira Scroll. The shame brought about by accusations that he was involved in the forging of ancient biblical texts drove him to suicide. “After one lucrative deal in which he sold 1,700 fake figurines to a… Continue Reading

Biography of Pierre Louÿs

Pierre Louÿs (1870-1925) was a French poet and writer, most renowned for lesbian and classical themes in some of his writings. He has been exposed for committing literary falsification in his Songs of the Poetess Bilitis. ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ 1870 – He is born in Ghent, Belgium. 1890s – He becomes a friend of Oscar Wilde.… Continue Reading

Biography of Montesquieu

Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu (1689-1755) “was a French judge, man of letters, and political philosopher. He is the principal source of the theory of separation of powers, which is implemented in many constitutions throughout the world. He is also known for doing more than any other author to secure the place of the word “despotism”… Continue Reading