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p. Place. 21, ad i. 1, 3, 10 ; Orelli, Onom. Tull. vol. ii. p. 388.) [L.S.]

GRATIUS* is known only as the accuser of A. Licinius Archias (Cic. pro Arch. 4, 6)* The name is sometimes read Gracchus. (Orell. Onom. Tull. vol. ii. p. 274.) [W.B.D.] GRA'TIUS FALISCUS. [faliscus.] GRATUS, a soldier of Caligula's body-guard, who, after the assassination of that emperor, dis­ covered and drew Claudius from his hiding-place in the palace, and presented him to the soldiers as a Geraianicus, the proper heir to the empire. (Joseph. A ntiq. xix. 3. § 1 ; comp. Suet. Claud. 10; Dion Cass. Ix. 1.) [W. B. D.] GRATUS, JU'LIUS. [fronto, julius.] GRATUS, VALE'RIUS, procurator of Judaea from a. d. 15 to a. d. 27, and the immediate predecessor of Pontius Pilate. (Joseph. Antiq. xviii. 6. § 5.) The government of Gratus is chiefly remarkable for the frequent changes he made in the appointment of the high-priesthood. He deposed Ananus, and substituted Ismael, son of Fabi, then Eleazar, son of Arianus, then Simon, son of Ca- mith, and lastly Joseph Caiaphas, the son-in-law of Ananus. (Id. Antiq. xviii. 2. §2.) He put down two formidable bands of robbers that infested Judaea during his government, and killed with his own hand the captain of one of them, Simon, for­ merly a slave of Herod the Great. (Id. Antiq. xvii. ] 0. § 6, 7 ; B. J.ii.4. § 2, 3.) Gratus assisted the proconsul Quintilius Varus in quelling an in­ surrection of the Jews. (B.J. ii. 5. § 2.) [W. B. D.] GREGE'NTIUS (r/wj-yeVr/o*), archbishop of Tephar (T€</>dp, the Sapphar, 2,dir<pap9 of Ptolemy, and the Saphar, Sdfyxxp, of Arrian), capital of the Homeritae, a nation of Arabia Felix^ the site of which is a little above 100 miles N.N.W. of Aden. The place of his birth is not ascertained. In the Greek Menaea, in which he is called rpiycvrwos, he is described as a native of Milan, and the son of Agapius and Theodota, inhabitants of that city ; but in a Slavonic MS. of the Dispzitatio, mentioned below, he is described as the son of Agapius and Theotecna, a married pair living in the little town of" Lopliane, on the frontier of Avaria and Asia." He went to Alexandria, where he embraced the life of an anchorite, and from whence he was sent by Asterius, patriarch of Alexandria, to take charge of the church of the Homeritae, which had been relieved by the Aethiopian Elesbaan, king of the Axumitae, from the depressed con­ dition to which it had been reduced by the perse­ cution of Dunaan, king of the Homeritae, a Jew. The reigning prince at the time of the mission of Gregentius, was Abramius, whom Elesbaan had raised to the throne, and with whom, as well as with his son and successor, Serdidus, Gregentius had great influence. Abramius died a.d. 552, after a reign of thirty years, and Gregentius died soon after, on the 19th of December in the same year, and was buried in the great church at Tephar.

A work is extant, entitled Tou sv aryiois Tlarpos rjfji.£v Tpfiysvriov 'Apx^^t^KOTrov yevo^vov Tztypwv Sid\e^is juerd *Iot;8afou 'Ep€av To&'o^a, S. Patris nostri Gregentii Tephrensis Archiepiscopi Disputatio viim Herbano Judaeo. It was published with a Latin version by Nic. Gulonius, 8vo. Paris, 1586, and again in 1603. It is given in the first vol. of the Auctarium of Ducaeus, in the Bibliotlieca Pa-trum, vol. xi. ed. Pans, 16^4 ; and in the Biblio-


tJieca JPatrum of Gallandius, vol. xi. fol. Venice 1765, &c. The Latin version alone appears ir some other editions of the Bibliofheca Patrum The Disputatio^ as it appears in these works, is considered by Fabricius to be mutilated at the com­mencement ; and his opinion, which is disputed bj Gallandius, is corroborated by the greater complete ness of a Slavonic MS. of the work in the Roya Library at Berlin, of which one or two passages are given in a Latin version in the last edition ol Fabricius. In this Slavonic MS. the archbishop is always called Gregory.

The work is by Pagi regarded as a fiction, and Gallandius significantly leaves it to others to deter­mine this point. Cave considers that " some parts of it smack of the credulity of a later age ;" and, indeed, the contents of the work render it likely that it is much interpolated, to say the least; noi is the authorship determined of that portion (ii any) which is genuine. Substantially it may be regarded as the production of Gregentius himself, whose arguments, as Barthius thinks, and as the work itself indicates, were taken down at the time by Palladius of Alexandria, whom the archbishop, on his departure for Tephar, had taken with him as his scholasticus. Lambecius ascribes the work to Nonnosus, ambassador of the emperor Justinian to the Homeritae. According to this work, the disputation of Gregentius with Herban took place at Tephar, in the presence of the king, Abramius, many bishops, a number of Jews, and the whole population of the city: it was terminated by the miraculous appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the infliction of miraculous blindness upon the Jews, who were, however, restored to sight on their, believing and being baptized. The king him­self was sponsor for Herban, to whom he gave the name of Leo, and whom he enrolled among his councillors. The number of Jews converted and baptized, in consequence of these events is stated at 5,500,000 ! Gregentius persuaded Abramius to break up the division of the Jewish converts into tribes, and to mingle them with other Chris­tians, and to order their children, under pain of death, not to marry with any of their own nation, but with Gentile Christians only. By these means, " in course of time" (r$ XP°VCP9 an ex* pression showing that the passage is not lay a con­temporary), the Jews were merged in the general population of the country.

The code promulgated by Gregentius in the name of king Abramius, entitled Nojiioflecrfa ws e/c irpoffwTTOu rov evff€€€<rrdrov ftaarihews 'A^ayU/oi/, is extant in the Imperial Library of Vienna. A copy of it is also mentioned as among the MSS. formerly belonging to Abraham Seller in England. The offences denounced in this code are arranged under twenty-three tituli or heads. (Fabric. BibL Gr. vol. vi. p. 749, vii. p.543, x. p. 115, &c.; Gal- land. Biblioth. Pair. vol. xi., Prokg. c. 12 ; Cave, Hist. Lit. vol. i. p. 521? ed. Oxon., 1740-43, Catal. MStorum Angliae \et Hib. vol. ii. p. 96 ; Baronii Annales ad ann. 523, xvi.—xxxi.; Pagi, Critice in Baronium; Oudin, Comment, deScriptor.^ ^c.^Ec- cles. vol. i. col. 1423, &c. ; Lambecius, apud Oudin.) [J.C. M.]

GREGORAS NICEPHORUS (Nt/f^o>cs 6 rpyyopas), one of the most important Byzantine historians, was probably born in 1295, in the town of Heracleia Pontica, in Asia Minor. While he lived in his native town, .his education was con-

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