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in the throne of Constantinople, but died in the lifetime of his father.: An account of him is given under andronicus II. [W. P.] MICHAEL (MixowfA.), Byzantine writers.
1. alexandrinus, patriarch of Alexandria in the middle of the ninth century, wrote in A. d. 869 or 870 De Uniiate Ecclesiae, a letter addressed to the emperor Basil I., printed Graece et Latine in the 8th vol. of Labbe's Concil. and in the 5th vol. of Hardouin's Concil. (Cave, Hist. Lit. ad an. 869; Fabric. Bibl. Grace, vol. xi. p. 189.)
2. anchialus. [anchialus.]
3. apostolius, was one of those Greeks who contributed to the revival of learning in Italy, where he settled about 1440. He was an intimate friend of Gemistus Pletho, and an adherent of the Platonic philosophy, two circumstances which, together with his own merits, caused him to be well received by Cardinal Bessarion in Italy. The friendship, however, did not last long, and poor Michael retired to Candia, where he got a livelihood by teaching children and copying MSS. There he died, some time after 1457, for in that year he wrote a panegyric on the emperor Frederic III. His principal works are: 1. A defence of Plato against Theodore Gaza, extant in MS. in the Vienna library. 2. Menexenus, a dialogue on the Holy Trinity, investigating whether the Mohammedans and Jews are right, in believing a Mono-Deus; or the Christians, in believing a Deus Trin-unus: extant in MS., ibid. 3. Oratio con-sulforia ad Socerum sibi irascendum cum ad se-cundas transiret nuptias, extant in the Bodleian. 4. Appellatio ad Constantinum Palaeologum ulti-mum Imperatorem. 5. Oratio ad loannem Argy-ropulum. 6. Epistolae XL V.: these letters are extremely important for the history of the writer's time, as Lambecius asserts, who perused all or most of them, and it is to be regretted that none of them are printed. The first is addressed to Gemistus, the others to Manuel Chrysolaras, Chal-cocondylas, Argyropulus, Bessarion, and other celebrated men of the time. They are extant in MS. in the Bodleian; some of them are also to be found in the Vatican and at Munich. 7. Oratio Panegyrica ad Fredericum III., written about or perhaps in 1457; it was published Graece et Latine by Freherus in the second vol. of his Rerum German. Script. 8. Oratio Funebris in Laudem Bessarionis, does credit to the heart of Michael, for it seems that the cardinal had not behaved very generously towards the poor scholar. Still it is very questionable whether our Michael is the author of it: Bessarion died in 1472; and as Michael, previously to leaving Constantinople, in or before 1440, had enjoyed, during many years, the friendship of Gemistus, whose name became conspicuous in the very beginning of the 15th century, and who was a very old man in 1441, he must have attained a very great age if he survived Bessarion. 9. Disceptatio adversus eos qui Occi-dentales Orientalibus superiores esse contendebant, extant in MS. in the Bodleian. 10. De Figuris GrammaticiS) which Leo Allatius esteemed so highly that he intended to -publish it, but was unfortunately prevented. 11. An Etymological Dictionary : doubtful whether still extant; a work of great importance. 12. 'lew/fa, Violets, a pleasing title given to a collection of sentences of celebrated persons. Ai-senius of Malvasia made an extract of it, 'A7ro<£0e'7JiaTa, Rome, 8vo, which he dedicated
to pope Leo X., who reigned from 1513 to 1522. 13. ^way<ay^ napotjutoJ//, containing 2027 Greek proverbs, a very remarkable little work which soon attracted the notice of the lovers of Greek literature: it was dedicated by the author to Cas-parus Uxama, or Osmi, a Spanish prelate, with whom Michael met at Rome. Editions: the Greek text by Hervagius, Basel, 1558, 8vo.; the text, with a Latin version and valuable notes, by P. Pantinus and A. Scholl, Leyden, 1619, 4to.; also cum Clavi Homerica, by George Perkins. (Cave, Hist. Lit. ad an. 1440 ; Fabric. Bibl. Graec. vol. xi. p. 189.)
5. balsamon, Magnae Ecclesiae Constantino-politanae Magnus Chartophylax et Archidiaconus, was probably a native of Constantinople. He was one of the Greek deputies sent in 1438 to the council of Florence, discovered the secret intrigues of the Latins, and prognosticated the ultimate fate of the union of the two churches to which he subscribed reluctantly. He wrote and addressed to the emperor Joannes Palaeologus Anaphora Cleri Constantinopolitani, of which Leo Allatius gives a few fragments in his work De Consensu utriusqite Ecclesiae. (Cave, Hist. Lit. ad an. 1440; Fabric. Bibl. Graec. vol. x. p. 373, note.)
6. cerularius, was chosen patriarch of Constantinople in 1043, and made himself notorious in ecclesiastical history by his violent attacks upon the Latin church. He caused so much scandal that pope Leo IX. sent Cardinals Humbert and Frederic with Peter, archbishop of Amain, to Constantinople in order to persuade Cerularius to a more moderate conduct. Their efforts were not only unsuccessful, but they were treated with such abuse that Humbert excommunicated the virulent patriarch. Cerularius in his turn excommunicated the three legates, and he caused the name of Pope Leo IX. to be erased from the diptychs. In 1057 he prevailed upon the emperor Michael Stratioticus to yield to his successful rival, Isaac Comnenus, whose interest he took care of for some time. Differences, however, soon broke out between them ; and when he was once quarrelling with Isaac about the respective authority of the church and the state, he impudently cried out, "I have given you the crown, and I know how to take it from you again." Banishment was his due reward, and Isaac was about to remove him from his see when death removed him from the earth (1058). Cerularius wrote: 1. Decisio Sy?iodica de Nuptiis in Septimo Gradu. 2. De Matrinionio prohibito : the former printed Greek and Latin in the third book, and fragments of the latter in the fourth book of Leunclavius, Jus Graeco-Roman. 3. Epistolae II. ad Petrum Antiochenum, Greek and Latin, in the second vol. of Cotelerius, Eccles. Graec: Monument. 4. De Sacerdotis Uxore Adul-terio polluta, in Cotelerius, Patres Apostol. 5. 277jtt€iw(ua s. Edictum Synodale adversus Latinos de Pittacia seu De Excommunicatione a Latinis Legatis in ipsum ab ipso in Legatos vibrata, anno 1054, die septimo Junii factum, Graece et Latine in Leo Allatius, De Libr. Eccles. Graecis. 6. HomiUa, ed. Graece et Latine by Montfaucon, under the title Epistola Synodi Nicaeanae ad Sanctam Alexandria^ Ecclesiam^ Paris, 1715, fol. There are, farther, extant in MS. fragments of several letters, as Contra Rebettes Abbates, Contra Armenios, De Homicidio facto in Ecclesia, De