A biography of St Leontios, who lived in the 12th century, written by one of his disciples in the early years of the 13th century. Leontios was Abbot of the celebrated monastery of St John the Theologian in the Aegean island of Patmos and later became Greek-Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem. This study provides an edition of the Life , an English translation and an extensive commentary on various subjects such as history, language, theology, monasticism and prosopography. The Life of Leontios is an important hagiographical work, t only because of the historical information it provides, but also because it is one of the few existing Byzantine historiographies of this period.
Dimitris Tsougarakis, D.Phil. (1985) in Byzantine History, University of Oxford, is a Research Fellow at the Centre of Medieval and Modern Greek Studies of the Academy of Athens and teaches Byzantine History at the Ionian University (Corfu). He has published mainly on the Medieval history of Crete, including his Byzantine Crete (Athens 1988).