Paul of Aleppo

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Paul Zaim of Aleppo
Born 1627
Aleppo, Ottoman Syria
Died January 30, 1669
Tiflis, Georgia
Church Melkite Church
Writings The Travels of Macarius, Patriarch of Antioch
Title Archdeacon

Paul Zaim, known sometime also as Paul of Aleppo (Paul, Archdeacon of Aleppo) (1627 - 1669) was a Ottoman Syrian Melkite clergyman and chronicler. Son of Patriarch Macarios III Zaim, Paul accompanied his father in his travels throughout Constantinople, Wallachia, Moldavia, Ukraine and Muscovy, as an attempt to raise funds and support for their Church (from 1652 to 1659, and from 1666 to 1669).

Life and works[edit]

He was born in 1627 in Aleppo, the same year his mother died. He was appointed a reader on May 8, 1642. On February 17, 1644 he married and on November 21, 1647 he was ordained Archdeacon.[1] He died in Tiflis, Georgia[2] on January 30, 1669.[3]

Paul wrote down an account of his visits, The Travels of Macarius, Patriarch of Antioch (edited in Arabic).[4] It is important as a source on Wallachia, documenting the main events of Constantin Şerban's rule and the Ottoman expedition of 1657. He wrote also a History of the Patriarchs of Antioch.[2]


  1. ^ Raheb, Abdallah (1981). Conception of the Union in the Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch (1622 - 1672) (PDF). Beirut. pp. 79, 81 and note 376. Retrieved 07/06/2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ a b Graf, Georg (1960). "22. Paulus von Aleppo". Geschichte der christlichen arabischen Literatur, Volume 3. Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana. p. 110. 
  3. ^ See (in Russian): Фонкич Б.Л. "О дате кончины Павла Алеппского": in: Очерки феодальной России. 13. М.-СПб.: Альянс-Архео, 2009, pp.289-292
  4. ^ English translation from Arabic in: Belfour, C., ed. (1836). Travels of Macarios, Patriarch of Antioch. London. 

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