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E07876: Marcellinus Comes states in his Chronicle, written in Latin in Constantinople, 518/534, that the heretic Eutyches was condemned at a council held in the church of *Euphemia (martyr of Chalcedon, S00017) at Chalcedon in 451 (i.e. the Council of Chalcedon).

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Marcellinus Comes, Chronicle

IIII. Marciani Augusti et Adelfi
Leone pontifice sedem beati Petri regente sexcentorum triginta patrum sancta et universalis synodus contra Eutychetem nefandissimorum praesulem monachorum apud Calchedonam in basilica sanctae Eufemiae firmata est: solus Dioscorus Alexandrinae ecclesiae episcopus dissensit statimque ab iisdem catholicis patribus sacerdotio abdicatus est.

'4th indiction, consulship of Marcian Augustus and Adelphius [= 451]
While Leo was ruling as pontiff in the see of Blessed Peter a holy and universal synod of six hundred and thirty fathers was declared in the basilica of Saint Euphemia in Chalcedon against Eutyches, leader of the most impious monks. Only Dioscorus, bishop of Alexandria, disagreed and he was immediately removed from his bishopric by these same catholic fathers.

Text: Mommsen 1894. Translation: Croke 1995 (modified).


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Euphemia, martyr of Chalcedon : S00017

Saint Name in Source


Type of Evidence

Literary - Other narrative texts (including Histories)


  • Latin

Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Constantinople and region

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc


Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Constantinople Constantinople Κωνσταντινούπολις Konstantinoupolis Constantinopolis Constantinople Istanbul

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - independent (church)

Cult activities - Activities Accompanying Cult

  • Meetings and gatherings of the clergy


Marcellinus (PLRE II, 'Marcellinus 9') was an imperial official at Constantinople under the emperors Anastasius, Justin, and Justinian. The epithet Comes ('Count') is his official rank. He came originally from the province of Dardania in the western Balkans, and wrote in Latin. Marcellinus' Chronicle was a continuation of the chronicle of Jerome, covering events from the 370s to 518. It was subsequently updated to 534 by Marcellinus himself, and to 548 by an anonymous continuator. Marcellinus dates events by indictions (the fifteen-year tax cycle used in the later Roman empire) and by the consuls of each year.


Edition: Mommsen, T., Marcellini v.c. comitis Chronicon, in: Chronica minora saec. IV V VI VII (II) (Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Auctores antiquissimi 11; Berlin, 1894), 60-108 English translation and commentary: Croke, B., The Chronicle of Marcellinus: Text and Commentary (Byzantina Australiensia 7; Sydney, 1995). Further reading: Croke, B., Count Marcellinus and His Chronicle (Oxford, 2001).

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