Synesius was born about 375 A.D. In many
particulars he was an outstanding man. His
pedigree is said to have extended through
seventeen centuries, and to have included
the names of the most illustrious. Not only
was he of noble lineage, he was also a man
of high character and brilliant attainments.
He was versed in the Neo-Platonic philosophy,
and his Christianity has been called
in question by no less an authority than
Mosheim; but how anyone can read his
and doubt the reality of his Christianity,
even in the fullest sense of the
term as including belief in the Divinity of
Christ and in His Resurrection, is difficult
to understand. He certainly was a good
man, and knew Christ, and loved Him. His
writings prove that; and in 410, though
reluctantly, he became Bishop of Ptolemais.
Very little of his poetry has come down to
us, but that little is of the highest order.
His hymns are not found in the Greek
Offices. He died 430 A.D.