Severus of Antioch - ܣܘܝܪܝܘܣ ܕܐܢܛܝܘܟܝܐ (d. 2/8/0538) This page is an entry in Qadishe: A Guide to the Syriac Saints and A Guide to Syriac Authors


Patr. of Antioch, theologian, and prolific Greek author.1


  • ܡܪܝ ܣܘܝܪܝܘܣ ܕܐܢܛܝܘܟܝܐ4
  • ܡܳܪܝ ܣܶܘܝܪܝܘܣ ܕܐܰܢܛܝܘܟܺܝܰܐ4
  • ܣܐܘܝܪܐ6
  • ܣܐܘܪܐ6
  • ܣܘܝܪܝܘܣ ܕܐܢܛܝܘܟܝܐ
  • القديس سويريوس الانطاكي3
  • Severus
  • Severus of Antioch
  • Sévère6
  • Sévère d’Antioche (notice)6
  • Sēwērā6
  • Severus of Antioch1
  • Sévère d’Antioche6
  • St. Severus of Antioch2

Sex: male7


  • St. 1, 2


  • Syr. Orth. 1


In Syriac miaphysite hagiography, Severus of Antioch is commemorated as a Patriarch of Antioch who wrote many treatises and homilies defending miaphysite non-Chalcedonian Christology. He attended meetings of Justinian to reconcile Chalcedonians and their opponents. He also was the leader of a large group of Miaphysite monks. He wrote in Greek, but his works were preserved in Syriac.

Works by Severus of Antioch in the New Handbook of Syriac Literature

To Dorotheus the CountA letter of Severus of Antioch preserved in fragment without a clear indication of its place in the various ancient collection of his letters.URI:
To Isidore the CountA letter of Severus of Antioch preserved without indication of whether or not it belongs to any of the ancient collections of the letters...URI:
To Philip the PresbyterA letter of Severus of Antioch appearing in the no longer extant large collection The Letters of Severus II 40 and in the Sixth...URI:

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  • Office: patriarch of Antioch, 512-538 7
  • Death: 2/8/05381


  • The saint is venerated on Syr. iacob., sbat 8.. 7



BHO, 1060-64.


Ses reuvres : Barsaum, Lu 'lu '2 , 296-312.

Works Cited

Any information without attribution has been created following the editorial guidelines.

  • 1 S. P. Brock, "Severus of Antioch." in Sebastian P. Brock et al. (eds.), The Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage (Piscataway,NJ: Gorgias Press, 2011), pp: 368-369.Link to The Srophe web application Bibliographic Record.Link to The Srophe web application Bibliographic Record.Link to e-GEDSH entry
  • 2 Ignatius Afram Barsoum, The Scattered Pearls: A History of Syriac Literature and Sciences, trans. Matti Moosa, 2nd rev. ed. (Piscataway,NJ: Gorgias Press, 2003), entry: 47, pp: 276.Link to The Srophe web application Bibliographic Record.
  • 3 Ignatius Afram Barsoum, al-Luʼluʼ al-manthūr fī tārīkh al-ʻulūm wa-al-ādāb al-Suryāniyyah, 4th ed. (Holland: Bar Hebraeus Verlag, 1987), pp: 238.Link to The Srophe web application Bibliographic Record.
  • 4 Ignatius Afram Barsoum, Berule bdire d-ʿal yulpone suryoye hdire, trans. Philoxenos Yuḥanon Dolabani, 2nd ed. (Holland: Bar Hebraeus Verlag, 1991), pp: 265.Link to The Srophe web application Bibliographic Record.
  • 5 Sergey Minov (ed.), A Comprehensive Bibliography on Syriac Christianity (The Center for the Study of Christianity, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2013), entry: Severus of Antioch.Link to The Srophe web application Bibliographic Record.
  • 6 Ugo Zanetti and Claude Detienne, Bibliotheca Hagiographica Syriaca, entry: 476, 481, 482, 483, 484, 485, 486, 487, 488, 489, 490, 491, 492, 493, 494, 495, 496, 497, 498, 499, 500, 501, 502, 505, 506, 507, 508, 509, 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 515, 516, 517, 518, 519, 520, 522, 523, 524, 525, 526, 527, 528, 529, 530, 531, 532, 533, 534, 535, 536, 537, 538, 539, 540, 541, 542, 543, 544, 545, 547, 548, 549, 550, 551, 552, 553, 554, 555, 556, 559, 567, 568, 570, 571, 574, 575, 577, 578, 579, 643, 644, 645, 647, 648, 649, 650, 651, 652, 653, 654, 655, 656, 657, 658, 659, 660, 661, 662, 663, 664, 673, 675, 676, 677, 678, 679, 680, 681, 773, 1273, 1430, 1478, 1674, 1739, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1964, 2028, 630, 1573, 466, 467, 469, 470, 471, 472, 473, 560, 561, 562, 563, 854, 855, 884, 952, 953, 1529.Link to The Srophe web application Bibliographic Record.
  • 7 Jean Maurice Fiey, Saints Syriaques (Princeton, N.J.: The Darwin Press, Inc., 2004), entry: 405.Link to The Srophe web application Bibliographic Record.
  • 8 Alfred Vacant et al. (eds.), Dictionnaire de théologie catholique, contenant l'exposé des doctrines de la théologie catholique, leurs preuves et leur histoire, (Paris: Letouzey et Ané, 1903)., : XIV, col. 1988-2000.Link to The Srophe web application Bibliographic Record.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
  • 9 Enciclopedia dei santi: le chiese orientali [= Bibliotheca sanctorum orientalium] (Roma: Città nuova, 1998)., : II, 1015-16.Link to The Srophe web application Bibliographic Record.Link to Zotero Bibliographic RecordLink to Worldcat Bibliographic record
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Relationships  Has literary connection to place (38) records.
Scythopolis (settlement) - [Syriac Not Available]A city near the Jordan river east of Caesarea .URI:
Laodicea (settlement) - ܠܕܝܩܝܐA port city on the Syrian coast, west of Apamea .URI:
Apamea (settlement) - ܐܘܦܡܝܐ Names: Qalʿat al-MadīqQalat al-MadīqQal‘at al-Madīq"One of the earliest Hellenistic city foundations in Syria Apamea situated on the Orontes ca 90 km south of Antioch from the 2nd..."URI:
Mor Bosus (monastery) - ܕܝܪܐ ܕܡܪܝ ܒܣܘܣ Names: Bāsūs Monasterymonastery of Mar BassusURI:
ʿAyn Zarba (settlement) - ܥܝܢ ܙܪܒܐ Names: AnazarbosAnazarbaAnāzarbaAnāzūraAyn Zarba‘Ayn ZarbaA city in Cilicia, a provincial capital of the Roman Empire and for a time the capital of the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia.URI:
Antioch (settlement) - ܐܢܛܝܘܟܝܐ Names: Antakya"City in the historical region of Syria (today in Turkey)."URI:
Tarsos (settlement) - ܛܪܣܘܣ Names: TarsusA city in Cilicia I west of Adana .URI:
Doliche (settlement) - ܕܠܘܟ Names: DulūkA town west of the Euphrates, north of Aleppo, and northeast of Cyrrhus.URI:
Dayro d-Mor Isḥaq (monastery) - ܕܝܪܐ ܕܡܪܝ ܐܝܣܚܩ Names: Monastery of St. IsaacA monastery at al-Jabbūl near Aleppo.URI:
Phoenice (province) - [Syriac Not Available] Names: PhoeniciaA Roman province including the middle Levantine coast from Tyros north to Tripolis .URI:
Iskenderun (settlement) - [Syriac Not Available] Names: AlexandrettaA coastal city north of Antioch .URI:
Dayro d-Qadisho Shemʿun (monastery) - ܕܝܪܐ ܕܩܕܝܫܐ ܫܡܥܘܢ Names: Monastery of St. SimonDayro d-Qadisho ShemunDayro d-Qadisho Shem‘unAn unlocated monasteryURI:
Antaradus (settlement) - ܐܢܛܐܪܐܕܘܣ Names: AntaracusA port city in Syria, modern Ṭarṭūs.URI:
Bostra (settlement) - ܒܘܨܪ Names: BoṣraBuṣraEski Shām"City in the Ḥawrān, present-day southern Syria, ca. 120 fan. south of Damascus."URI:
Mabbug (settlement) - ܡܒܘܓ Names: HierapolisManbijMembijMabugMambegA city between Aleppo and the Euphrates river .URI:
Emesa (settlement) - ܚܡܨ Names: ḤimṣḤomṣHoms"City in Syria."URI:
Dayro d-Qurus (monastery) - ܕܝܪܐ ܕܩܘܪܘܣ Names: Monastery of Mar CyrusAn unlocated monasteryURI:
Tagai (unknown) - ܛܐܟܐܣ Names: TagaisA location with a monastery whose inhabitants received a letter from Severus of Antioch .URI:
Tell ʿAda (monastery) - ܕܝܪܐ ܕܬܠܥܕܐ Names: Talʿada MonasteryGreat Monasterymonastery of Tell AdaTell AdaTell ‘AdaTalada MonasteryTal‘ada Monastery"The Monastery of Tell ʿAda also known as the Great Monastery is located just over 48 km from Aleppo 1500 m north of..."URI:
Mardin (settlement) - ܡܪܕܝܢ Names: MardeMardīn"City in upper Mesopotamia and important center of Syriac Christianity especially for the Syr Orth Church as the city closest to Dayr al..."URI:
Cyrrhus (settlement) - ܩܘܪܘܣAn ancient and medieval city 70 km north of Aleppo.URI:
Shura (settlement) - [Syriac Not Available] Names: SuraA town on the Euphrates west of Kallinikos .URI:
Tyros (settlement) - [Syriac Not Available] Names: TyreAn important port city of the eastern Mediterranean Sea west of Damascus .URI:
Philadelphia (settlement) - ܦܝܠܐܕܠܦܝܐ Names: ̇PhiladelphiaA city of western Anatolia.URI:
Peruz Shapur (settlement) - ܐܢܒܐܪ Names: al-Anbāral-ʾAnbarAnbaral-ʾAnbaral-ʾAnbar"Large Sasanian city on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, the ruins are near present-day Falluja, ca. 60 km. west of Baghdad."URI:
Ḥirta (settlement) - ܚܐܪܬܐ Names: al-ḤiraḤīraHiraḤirtā"Ancient city near the Euphrates to the southeast of present-day al-Najaf."URI:
Caesarea (settlement) - ܩܣܪܝܐ Names: KayseriA city in Cappadocia, modern Kayseri.URI:
Mor Ḥanino (monastery) - ܕܝܪܐ ܕܚܢܝܢܐ Names: Mar ḤaninoḤananya Monasterymonastery of Mar HaninaA monastery near Kallinikos .URI:
Marʿash (settlement) - ܡܪܥܫ Names: GermaniceaGermaniciaKahramanmaraşMarashMar‘ashAyn Zarba‘Ayn ZarbaAintab‘AintabA city near the Pyramos river northeast of ʿAyn Zarba and northwest of ʿAintab .URI:
See all 38  Died at (2) records.  Born at (2) records.  Different from (2) records.
Severus of the Monastery of Saint Barbara — - ܣܘܝܪܐ ܕܕܝܪܐ ܕܩܕܝܫܬܐ ܒܪܒܪܐ (A Guide to Syriac Authorsauthor, 9th cent. ) Names: Severos The MonkSeverus of Antioch The MonkSeveros d-Qadishto BarbaraSeverus of the Monastery of Saint BarbaraSeverus the MonkSeverus of EdessaURI:  Has relation to place (12) records.
Beirut (settlement) - ܒܝܪܘܬ Names: Berytos"Beirut, Lebanon is mentioned in many Syr. Orth. texts in connection with the St. Jude monastery and church."URI:
Tripolis (settlement) - ܛܪܝܦܘܠܝܣ Names: TripoliA coastal city north of Beirut .URI:
Mayuma (settlement) - ܡܐܝܘܡܐ Names: MaïumaThe port city of Gaza .URI:
Aegyptus (province) - ܡܨܪܝܢ Names: EgyptThe Roman province of EgyptURI:
Qenneshrin (settlement) - [Syriac Not Available] Names: ChalcisQinneshrinA city southwest of Aleppo and east of Antioch .URI:
See all 12  

How to Cite This Entry

Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent et al., “Severus of Antioch — ܣܘܝܪܝܘܣ ܕܐܢܛܝܘܟܝܐ ” in Qadishe: A Guide to the Syriac Saints last modified August 17, 2016,


Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent et al., “Severus of Antioch — ܣܘܝܪܝܘܣ ܕܐܢܛܝܘܟܝܐ .” In Qadishe: A Guide to the Syriac Saints, edited by Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent, David A. Michelson and Nathan P. Gibson. Vol. 1 of The Syriac Biographical Dictionary, edited by David A. Michelson., 2016-. Entry published August 17, 2016.

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Entry Title: Severus of Antioch — ܣܘܝܪܝܘܣ ܕܐܢܛܝܘܟܝܐ

Additional Credit:

  • Editing, proofreading, data entry and revision by Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent
  • Editing, document design, data architecture, encoding, proofreading, data entry by David A. Michelson
  • Proofreading of GEDSH abstracts, addition of confessions and alternate names from GEDSH, matching with records, data entry, data transformation, data merging, conversion to XML by Nathan P. Gibson
  • GEDSH and Barsoum English name entry, matching with records by James E. Walters
  • Editing, Syriac name entry, disambiguation research, conversion to XML by Thomas A. Carlson
  • Editing, Syriac data conversion, data entry, and reconciling by Adam P. Kane
  • Editing and Syriac data proofreading by Aram Bar Schabo
  • Syriac name entry by Robert Aydin
  • Normalization of GEDSH dates and entry matching with records by Alex Vawter
  • Editorial oversight for GEDSH and Barsoum English text entry, and proofreading by Christopher Johnson
  • GEDSH and Barsoum English text entry and proofreading by the Syriac Research Group, University of Alabama
  • Entries adapted from the work of Jean Maurice Fiey
  • Entries adapted from the work of Ugo Zanetti
  • Entries adapted from the work of Claude Detienne

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