Acacius (Alexandria)

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Acacius (Greek: Ἀκάκιος) was a Byzantine military officer, active in Alexandria during the reign of Justinian I (r. 527–565).

Acacius was a native of Amida, and Zacharias Rhetor calls him "Bar Eshkhofo", which seems to mean "son of a cobbler.[1] Zacharias further reports that after the deposition of Patriarch Paul of Alexandria and his replacement by Zoilus (in 539/540), Acacius was the military officer tasked to protect Zoilus from the hostile population of Alexandria.[2] Acacius was probably a professional soldier, but seems to have held a lower position, perhaps a comes rei militaris or a tribunus (cavalry regimental commander).[1]


  1. ^ a b Martindale, Jones & Morris (1992), p. 9
  2. ^ Chronicle of Zachariah Rhetor, Bishop of Mytilene, X.1, ed. 1889, p. 300