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Balasios

BALASIOS. b. ca. first quarter 17th century; d. before 1700. The priest Balasios, who held the posts of protasekretes (1672) and nomophylax (1680) of the Cathedral of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, came from a Peloponnesian family. He studied Byzantine music with Germanos of Neai Patrai*. Balasios was active during the second half of the 17th century: the earliest mention is in the manuscript Panteleimon 1008 (dated before 1660), where he calls himself domestikos. His version of the polychronion for various patriarchs (for example of Constantinople, Alexandria and Jerusalem) shows that he flourished between ca. 1657 and 1710. After being ordained priest Balasios continued to hold several...

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