John the Deacon (Byzantine writer)

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The Byzantine John the Deacon (fl. 11th century) is the author of a tract on the veneration of saints and against the doctrine of soul sleep.[1]

He was one of several Byzantine writers who wrote on this theme, from Eustratios of Constantinople and Niketas Stethatos, to Philip Monotropos (Dioptra pp. 210, 220) and Michael Glykas.[2]


  1. ^ Jean Gouillard, “Léthargie des âmes et culte des saints: Un plaidoyer inédit de Jean Diacre et Maïstôr,” Travaux
  2. ^ Nicholas Constas "To Sleep, Perchance to Dream": The Middle State of Souls in Patristic and Byzantine Literature". Dumbarton Oaks Papers 55: 92–124