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John of Ephesus, Ecclesiastical History, Part 3 -- Author's Table of Contents




CHAPTERS 1, 2, 3, are lost. 

Ch. 4. Quotations from the books of the prophets relating to the distress which at this time happened in the church of God

5. Upon the bitter suffering caused by the sudden uprooting of all the congregations of the church of the believers in the capital

6. 7, 8, 9, are lost.

10. Upon what was done in the convents of men and women by the barbarous violence of the persecution.

11. Concerning John the bishop of the city, and the deeds wrought by the urgency of his wickedness

12. Upon the priesthood of the Orthodox, which John annulled, without purpose, or respect to justice, and in violation of the canons, and ordained them anew in the priesthood of the Synodites, that is, of those who believe in two natures

13. Upon a night vision, which happened to a worthy monk as a revelation of what was quickly about actually to be done openly

14. Concerning Paul, bishop of Asia

15. Concerning bishop Elisha

16. Concerning bishop Stephan, whom John similarly wished to depose and consecrate afresh.

17. Upon their sending for and summoning the bishops from the monasteries and places in which they were imprisoned

18. Upon the rebuke and admonition which John received from the bishops whom he had brought together and imprisoned, because of his annulling their laying on of hands, and conferring it afresh in violation of law, and contrary to all the rules and regulations of the Church of God

19. Upon the edict which the illustrious king Justin made

20. Shewing, that after twenty clean copies of the edict had been written out, he sent the first, signed with his own hand, to those who were in prison

21. Shewing that John protested to the bishops, saying, 'See now that it is you who prevent the unity of the Church.'

22. Shewing that the bishops were blamed and found fault with, even by the chief men of the orthodox party, because of their obstinacy and refusal to give way for the sake of unity

23. Upon the disputation and distress of the bishops themselves and of their people

24. Upon the last disputation held, and the treacherous and lying oaths

25. Upon the grief and contrition of spirit which overtook the bishops, because they had submitted to and united themselves with the communion of John, and the other Dyophysites of his party

26. Shewing that when the king learnt thereof, he sent for them, and had them brought to the palace, and comforted them

27. Shewing that subsequently the king returned from the warm baths, and concerning the schedule that was sent them, etc.

28. Shewing that when these things were made known to the king, and he was angry, he commanded that all the princes should assemble, and that the bishops should be tried by them in the bishop's palace

29. Shewing that according to their orders they assembled at the bishop's palace, and that the bishops were summoned to trial

30. Containing the writer's defence against those who fall into an unfounded idea respecting him

31. Concerning Conon, the head of the heresy of the Tritheites

32. Concerning Photius, and his conduct

33. Concerning the Sophists and Scholastics, and Naucleri, and others, who in the middle of the persecution were summoned and went to the capital from Alexandria

34. Concerning all the chiefs of the clergy of the orthodox, who were next arrested, and sent to the capital

35. Concerning some Egyptian monks, who also were summoned to the capital to foretell things future

36. Upon the monasteries of men and women, which, after they had been treated violently, and some few had yielded, finally returned to their faith

37. Relating that John before his death was questioned by the Christ-loving Caesar respecting the orthodox

38. Shewing that even while John lived, the congregations of the orthodox finally grew in strength, and rose up

39. Upon the monastery, called Cathara, in the land of Bithynia

40. Upon the Synodite bishops of Alexandria

41. Upon the bishops at Antioch from Flavianus and Severus

42. Upon the bishops at Constantinople during Justinian's reign


1. Showing that when the bishops saw that they had lied unto them, they separated and abandoned the communion of the Dyophysites

2. Concerning Paul the patriarch, and the writing which he made, and which was found out

3. Concerning Stephan, bishop of Cyprus; and the summons of Paul, and his journey to the capital from his place of exile, and subsequent flight

4. Concerning John, Superintendent of the heathen

5. Concerning the trials which came upon John

6. Concerning a vision, and no dream, but a reality, which was seen by John in his affliction

7. Concerning the imprisonments and second banishment of the said John

8. Concerning the flight of Paul from the episcopal palace

9. Concerning the praiseworthy Andrew, the queen's chamberlain and pursebearer, and the conflicts which he underwent

10. Concerning the merciful queen Sophia, who was orthodox 

11. Concerning three consuls, who also behaved bravely, and stood firmly in the truth

12. Concerning two noble ladies, who also behaved bravely, and courageously stood firm

13. Concerning Sergius, and Sergius, the presbyters, and the conflicts which they underwent

14. Concerning Andrew, who was imprisoned

15. Concerning the diaconate of those who tend the sick, who are thrown out into the streets of the city

16. Concerning another and different diaconate

17. Shewing that now a persecution was stirred up everywhere

18. Concerning what was related at the capital by the Catholicus of Dovin, a city of the greater Armenia in the Persian dominions, and by the other bishops who were with him

19. Concerning what was said by the Magi to Khosrun their king, and put in execution

20. Concerning the commencement of the provocation of the Christians in the Greater Armenia by the king of the Persians, etc.

21. Shewing what was afterwards done by Khosrun in Persarmenia, and how they revolted from him, and the whole land surrendered itself to the Romans

22. Concerning the narrative of the Catholicus and his companions, etc.

23. Shewing that at first, on the arrival of the Armenian bishops at the capital, they went, in their simplicity, and communicated in the church of the Synodites

24. Showing what was subsequently done after the Armenians had surrendered themselves (to the Romans), and that owing to their extreme numerousness we omit and pass by the narrative of these events

25. Concerning the dread and severe chastisement of God's righteous judgment, which in the height of the persecution quickly overtook both sides alike

26. Concerning the humiliation and torture which overtook John of Sirmin, and that he was chastised by a devil all the days of his life, because it was he who set on foot a merciless persecution

27. Showing, that when John was persecuting, he rooted out and took down all the pictures of the orthodox fathers from all the monasteries, and fixed up his own

28. Concerning Theodulus, the deacon, who was also a violent persecutor of Christians, and of the righteous sentence of retribution which also overtook him, when tortured by misfortune

29. Concerning the king's quaestor, whose name was Anastasius

30. Showing that as the churches of the orthodox were rooted up in the persecution by the Synodites, so shortly afterwards those which the Synodites themselves possessed were similarly treated by a certain just sentence; the altars of the churches throughout all Thrace, and up to the city wall, being rooted out and stripped by the barbarians, and they fled from before the face of the barbarians

31. Upon the summons and arrival at the capital of the patriarch Eutychius after the death of John

32. Concerning what was said by the archdeacon of Rome in the presence of the king canonically with boldness concerning John and Eutychius before the arrival of the latter

33. Showing that when Eutychius was recalled, it was supposed by every one that he would not be permitted to return and occupy the see, until a synod had been assembled and sat and examined every thing that had been done by him and John unto one another

34. Concerning the images of John which Eutychius took down, and his relatives, all of whom he humbled and ejected

35. Concerning the books of the Quaternity, that is, the two natures after the union, which Eutychius composed when in exile

36. Showing that Eutychius was perverted to the view of the heresy of the Athanasians, who say that these bodies do not arise, but others arise in- their stead

37. Showing that when Eutychius was murmured at and ridiculed and reviled by every one, he thought that he was only reviled by the orthodox

38. Concerning Fravianus, the slave of Andrew, who had been originally the queen's pursebearer

39. Concerning a sister a nun, and the courageous conflicts she underwent, and was victorious and triumphant in all of them

40. Concerning the Antiphon for Thursday in Passion-week, which Eutychius wished to alter, and which from ancient custom was part of the service in all churches, and substitute his own

41. Concerning what finally happened to John, called Superintendent of the heathen, after all his trials

42. Concerning the injured Paul of Asia, who was deposed from the episcopate

43. Showing that John endeavoured by a crafty artifice to consecrate Paul again, of which attempt we here record only a short summary

44. Concerning Deuterius, who succeeded Paul as bishop of the orthodox

45. Concerning the sect of those who are called Condobau-dites, after the name of the monastery in which they assembled

46. Concerning the monastery of the Cappadocian monks

47. Concerning the confused and troubled orthodoxy which prevailed in the monasteries

48. Concerning a marvellous sign manifested in some animals, that is, some elephants

49. Concerning a conflagration which took place at the capital

50. Explaining the reason why possibly the account of one event will be found recorded in a confused manner in several chapters

51. Showing that while Eutychius originally belonged to the heresy of the Samosatenians, he finally gave himself up to other heresies

52. Showing that Eutychius was opposed to the phrase, "Thou that wast crucified for us"


1. Concerning the commencement of the book .

2. Showing that when the king gave way, and betook himself to evil courses, chastisement was sent down upon him from God for his good

3. Concerning the means employed for the king's amusement, etc.

4. Concerning what was said of the king's temptation 

5. Concerning the appointment of the God-loving Tiberius as Caesar, etc.

6. Concerning the end of king Justin, and the reign of the merciful Tiberius

7. Concerning queen Sophia, etc.

8. Concerning the wife of Tiberius Caesar, whose name originally was Ino, etc.

9. Concerning the arrival of the Caesar's wife at the palace, after he had begun to reign, etc. 

10. Concerning the queen Sophia, and what happened afterwards 

11. Concerning the commencement of the reign of Tiberius

12. Concerning the manner in which the Caesar was annoyed by the patriarch John

13. Concerning the persecution commanded against heresies for the following reason

14. Concerning the Hypatia of king Tiberius, etc.

15. Concerning the persecution which was stirred up against heresies, and also against the orthodox

16. Concerning the uprooting of the congregation which assembled at the church in the Marianum

17. Concerning the patriarch Eutychius himself, etc.

18. Concerning the patriarch Eutychius himself, and his pride

19. Concerning the opposition he made to the phrase, "Thou that wast crucified for us"

20. Concerning the heat and bitter bile and utter hatred entertained by Eutychius against the whole party of the orthodox

21. Showing that the victorious king, in whose nature was nobleness and humility, though occupied with the cares of the wars, did not often give way to persecution, according to the wish and urgency of the persecutors . .

22. Concerning the gentleness of king Tiberius

23. Concerning the buildings which king Tiberius erected in the palace

24. Concerning Justin's Pharos, which king Tiberius rooted up

25. Concerning the trials occasioned by the numerous wars which surrounded king Tiberius from the time he was made Caesar

26. Concerning the Romans and Goths who were Arians, and asked for a church to be given them

27. Concerning the audacious doings of the heathens, and what was justly stirred up against them

28. Concerning what was done at Edessa respecting the heathen

29. Concerning the tumult, and what was done at Antioch the Great after these things

30. Concerning what was done and carried on at the capital in the matter of the heathen

31. Concerning the riot at the capital from the zeal of the Christian people because of the quest after the heathens

32. Concerning the entry of the king into the city, and what happened afterwards

33. Concerning what was subsequently done in the trial of the heathens

34. Concerning the quest subsequently made after the heathen

35. Concerning the bitter murder of Eustochius, bishop of Jerusalem, which was perpetrated by his slave . .

36. Concerning the great monastery newly built in the land of Asia by John, Superintendent of the heathen, in a mountain of (near) the city of Tralles

37. Concerning the opposition and trials which arose against the said monastery of Derira (? Erira), through the envy of the evil one . .

38. Concerning the sudden death of Eutychius

39. Concerning John, who, from being the pursebearer of the former (John), was subsequently chosen (to be patriarch)

40. Concerning Mondir, the son of Harith, and the accusation against him

41. Concerning the visit of Mondir to Magnus, and his arrest, etc.

42. Concerning the four sons of Mondir, and what they did

43. Concerning the second journey thither of Magnus, and the death which overtook him, and put an end to his wicked plots

44. Concerning the peace and short respite which the orthodox enjoyed at the capital.

45. Concerning the famine which suddenly happened at the capital.

46. Concerning the excessive mortality of children.

47. Concerning king Tiberius, and the time of his death.

48. Concerning king Tiberius' purpose of bringing about unity in the church.

49. Showing that king Tiberius' wife from ignorance hated the orthodox.

50. Concerning the three queens who dwelt at one time in the palace after the death of Tiberius.

51. Concerning John, who was patriarch after Eutychius.

52. Concerning the mercifulness and liberality of the patriarch John.

53. Concerning the struggles of the patriarch John against the heathen.

54. Concerning the imprisonment of Mondir, and his banishment from the capital to a distant place of exile.

55. Concerning one of the princes of Mondir whose name was Sergius, a believer, who was also sent into exile.

56. Concerning the arrival of Noman, the son of Mondir, at the capital.


The first four chapters and part of the fifth are lost.

6. Concerning the barbarian people of Nubia, who were instructed in Christianity, together with the cause of their being instructed

7. Concerning the arrival of the blessed Julian and his companions in the land of Nubia, and their reception, and the other things which they there accomplished by the help of God

8. Showing that when the blessed Theodosius departed from this world, he remembered this people, and commanded that Longinus should be immediately made their bishop, and sent thither, inasmuch as Julian also was dead

9. Concerning what was written to Longinus by Theodosius, arch presbyter, and Theodore, archdeacon, of the clergy of the church of the orthodox at Alexandria

10. Concerning two bishops, John and George, who at that time had been sent from Syria to Longinus, and concerning Theodore, who fell into temptation

11. Concerning those things which malignantly and savagely and confusedly, and contrary to all canonical order, were done by the Alexandrians after these things, together with the consecration of Peter

12. Showing that though the question had not been taken into consideration, and examined by them as orderly men, whether the former (bishop) had been appointed in a fitting and orderly manner, (or not,) they consecrated a second

13. Concerning Theodore, the first bishop, who, against his will, was appointed and consecrated upon compulsion

14. Concerning Paul the patriarch, spoken of above, and concerning the unfounded idea respecting him, and his deposition contrary to rule by Peter, who was himself appointed unseasonably

15. Concerning the division and quarrel, which by the instigation of Satan took place between Jacob and Paul, contrary to the rule of propriety

16. Concerning the deposition of Paul by Peter, who was the second consecrated (to the see), contrary to justice, and the entire canonical order of the church

17. Concerning the arrival finally of the blessed Jacob at Alexandria, and the rest of his acts

18. Concerning the departure of the blessed Jacob and the other bishops who were with him from Alexandria

19. Concerning the division and quarrel and schism which ensued not only in Syria, but also in Cilicia and Isauria and Asia and Cappadocia and Armenia, and especially at the capital, etc

20. Concerning the message sent by Paul the patriarch to Jacob, respecting an inquiry and canonical examination of the charges brought against him . .

21. Concerning: the zeal and earnestness of Mondir, son of Harith, king of the Arabs

22. Concerning the journey of Longinus, and Theodore, whom he had made pope, into the regions of Syria, and to the side of the Paulites

Chapters 23-29, and the commencement of the 30th, are lost.

31. Showing that there were divisions also in most of the chief monasteries, and that being at variance, they parted and withdrew, some standing up for the Paulites, and some for the Jacobites 

32. Concerning the meetings of numerous abbots, and the message they sent to Jacob, and the bishops who were with him

33. Showing that an impulse suddenly seized upon the old man Jacob to go to Alexandria, and that on his journey he departed from the world .

34. Concerning an unfounded idea and full of wickedness, which some persons imagined and gave utterance to, respecting the sudden death of the blessed Jacob and his companions, who, having no fear for the account they must give for every idle word, spread abroad a report, that some Paulites forsooth murdered the old man Jacob and his companions with stones

35. Concerning the three ambassadors who, in the year 888, were sent to confer about a peace upon the marches, and who strongly took the side of Paul

36. Concerning Mondir, the son of Harith, king of the Arabs, and all his hordes, who were grieved and vexed on account of the Paulites and Jacobites

37. Concerning the second journey of the clergy of Alexandria to the capital, and their imprisonment in monasteries

38. Concerning the death of Theodosius, archpresbyter, and Ecclesiecdicus of the church of the Alexandrians, who died in imprisonment at the monastery of Nitria

39. Concerning the journey of Mondir, the son of Harith, king of the Arabs, to the capital, and what was done by him there in his zeal because of the schism between the Jacobites and Paulites

40. Concerning the meeting, and promises of peace and union made by the two parties to one another by the mediation of the illustrious Mondir

41. Concerning Damianus, a Syrian, who also, contrary to canonical order, was appointed patriarch at Alexandria after Peter

42. Concerning the departure of the Alexandrian clergy, and subsequently of Mondir himself from the capital

43. Concerning Damianus, and his falsehood, and the upsetting which he iniquitously brought about of the peace made at the capital; and concerning the clergy who also turned round and were false to their promises

44. Concerning what was done also in the land of Syria, occasioned by the letters of Damianus, without order, and contrary to the laws of the church

45. Concerning the letters of the monasteries in the east in their own handwriting to John of Ephesus, who was dwelling at the capital, inviting him to communion with the patriarch, whom they had consecrated. .

46. Apology of the author, showing that he writes without partiality or passion towards either party 

47. Showing that Paul finally went and hid himself in a mountain of Isauria in a cave, as they said, for four years, without intercourse with any one

48. Concerning Theodore, who was made pope of Alexandria by Longinus and the rest

49. Concerning the commencement of the conversion to Christianity of the people whom the Greeks call Alodaei, who are supposed by us to be Cushites

50. Concerning those who were sent by the Alexandrians to the people of the Alodaei

51. History of the journey of the blessed Longinus to the land of the Alodaei, and of their joyful conversion and baptism by him 

52. Concerning the letter of the king of Alodaea to the king of Nubia 

53. Part of a letter of bishop Longinus

54. Concerning the concealment of Paul the patriarch

55. Concerning Theodore, who was made pope of Alexandria by Longinus

56. Concerning the journey of pope Theodore to the island of Cyprus

57. Concerning the end of Paul the patriarch, how it was

58. Concerning the decease of Paul and Jacob, how it happened to them both one after the other in a troubled manner

59. Concerning what after their death was said and done by the parties of the Paulites and Jacobites, who were at variance with one another

60. Concerning the journey of Peter, who had been consecrated in Syria, to Alexandria

61. Concerning the congress of the bishops of both parties, etc., who for a year, more or less, contended and debated with one another


1. Concerning the commencement and time when the Tritheites began the laying on of hands, and took measures, that their bishops might fill all quarters with their impudent and polluted heresy

2. To the same effect, namely, that they consecrated and sent everywhere numerous bishops of their party

3. Concerning the sectaries of the heresiarchs Conon and Eugenius

4. Concerning the release of Conon from exile

5. Concerning the division of the Cononites into two heresies

6. Concerning the journey of both parties to the land of Pamphylia, to pervert it, and the death of Eugenius there

7. Concerning the message sent to Conon by John of Asia at the capital, and the cause of his (Conon's) journey thither

8. Concerning the imposture of the Tritheites, who, by a crafty artifice, professed to wish for union, but did not do so in reality

9. Shewing that they were guilty of the same at Alexandria and also in Syria

10. Concerning the great book of lacerations (catena of extracts) which the Tritheites tore out and put together

11. Concerning the meetings of the bishops of the Tritheites

12. Concerning a solitary bishop of the Tritheites, who returned to the Orthodox, and made an act of recantation, and anathematized them

13. Concerning the time of the reign of the victorious king Maurice, which according to the rule of propriety ought to have been written at the head of the book, but it did not so occur

14 Concerning king Maurice, and his marriage banquet, and his son, whom afterwards he begot in the palace, etc.

15. Concerning those whose habit it was, on pretext of the faith, to fall upon men, and rob and steal the goods of others, and who did not rest quiet till they had informed the king about the Orthodox

16. Concerning the persecution of the Church of the Arians

17. Concerning Gregory, bishop of Antioch, and his journey to the capital, and the request he made to the king

18. Concerning the. parents, and brothers, and sisters, and very numerous relatives, whom king Maurice sent for and brought to the capital, and enriched and ennobled them

19. Concerning Domitianus, metropolitan of the city of Melitene, a relative of the king

20. Shewing that when Maurice began to reign he found the palace emptied of its treasures, and came into great trouble and distress

21. Concerning the disturbers, and persecutors, and plunderers of others, who constantly were annoying the ears of king Maurice, and the rest of his court . .

22. Concerning the rebuilding of the desolate city of Arabissus in Cappadocia, which was king Maurice's native town

23. Concerning the destruction by an earthquake two years afterwards, more or less, of the rebuilt town of Arabissus


1. Concerning the commencement of the book

2. Concerning the war conducted by the patrician Marcian, and what subsequently happened to him .

3. Concerning the causes of the king's wrath against Marcian, in respect of Mondir, king of the Arabs

4. Concerning the king's letters to Marcian and Mondir

5. Concerning the march of the king of the Persians, and the capture of Dara, in the year 884, etc.

6. Concerning the capture of the city of Apamaea, and the devastation wrought that year, while the Persian king sat before Dara

7. Concerning two thousand beautiful virgins, who, at the king's command, were selected to be sent as a present to the barbarians, and the wonderful and astonishing act which the virgins committed in their zeal for Christianity

8. Concerning the short truce which was made at that time for three years in the provinces of Syria, and the expedition of the king of the Persians into the territory of the Romans, that is, into Armenia and Cappadocia

9. Concerning the burning of Melitene, and the subsequent events

10. Concerning what finally happened to the Romans in Persarmenia

11. Concerning the Persarmenians who had given themselves up to the Romans

12. Concerning the ambassadors of the Romans and Persians, who met on the part of the two realms upon the borders, mutually to judge of and examine all the matters on account of which wars had been stirred up, and for which they blamed one another . .

13. Concerning the inroad which the Persians made into the Roman territories, immediately, at that very time

14. Concerning Count Maurice, etc., and the stratagem and inroad of the Persians

15. Concerning the subsequent actions of Maurice . . 16; Concerning Mondir, the son of Harith, and Maurice, how after these things they invaded in concert the Persian territories

17. Concerning a Marzban of the Persians, who crossed over, and burnt the district of Tela a second time, and that of Edessa, and Haran, etc.

18. Concerning Mondir, the son of Harith, and his victory

19. Concerning what was done by the captives imprisoned in Antioch, which Khosrun built in Persia, and has imprisoned there all his captives from the Roman territory unto this day

20. Concerning the death of Khosrun, king of the Persians, and of the duration of his reign, etc. . .

21. Showing that Khosrun gave proof that he was sorry and vexed at the rupture of the peace between the kingdoms, and that even after much devastation had taken place in both realms, he wished to reestablish peace, and made many concessions

22. Concerning the son of Khosrun, king of the Persians, who reigned after him, and whose name was Hormuzd

23. Concerning the reasons whence the ill feeling originally arose, and the peace was broken between the kingdoms

24. Concerning a base people who are called Avars

25. Concerning the people of the Slavonians, and the devastations which they committed in Thrace, in the third year of the reign of the serene king Tiberius

26. Concerning the battle of the Romans and Persians, which happened before the city of Tela, on a day of the month Haziron, in the year 892, as follows;

27. Concerning Maurice, who was over all the generals in the East

28. Concerning a battle which took place in Armenia, and the other matters administered and done there

29. Concerning a certain Persian impostor, who gave himself out as the king's son

30. Concerning Sirmium, a great city in the kingdom of the Gepidae, which the Avars took by violence

31. Concerning the journey of Narses the Spatharius

32. Showing that finally when what they hoped did not come to pass, the city of Sirmium was given up to these barbarians

33. Concerning the burning of Sirmium, which happened subsequently

34. Concerning the record of numerous wars, and finally of the war conducted by count Maurice, and the capture of Arzun

35. Concerning another fort which Maurice built opposite Sophene, the name of which is Shemkoroth

36. Concerning another fort, the name of which is Ocba, which is situated on the Chalat, in the land of the Persians

37. Concerning an ambassador of the Persians, who happened at that time to be sent to the king of us the Romans

38. Concerning the journey of an ambassador of the Romans, to confer with the king of the Persians about a peace

39. Concerning the Persian ambassador, who was sent a second time to the king of the Romans.

40. Concerning the immense devastation wrought during a long period by the two states against one another. 

41. Concerning the rise and subsequent fall of the principality of the Roman Arabs.

42. Concerning some of the princes of the Arabs, who went and surrendered themselves to the Persians.

43. Concerning some famous princes among the Persian Marzbans, who were taken prisoners, and sent in chains to the capital.

44. Concerning another war in the third year (of Maurice), and the victory which God gave the Romans.

45. Concerning the base people of the barbarians, who from their long hair are called Avars.

46. Showing that the Avars made an expedition, and captured numerous important cities and forts.

47. Concerning the terror and commotion which fell upon Constantinople, while we also were there.

48. Concerning the capture and laying waste of the land of the Slavonians.

49. Concerning the laying waste of the city of Anchialus, and concerning the warm baths there.

[Note to the online edition: book 6, ch. 37-49 are lost apart from these chapter titles]

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