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Sozomen (sōzōˈmĕn) [key], 5th cent., Byzantine church historian, b. Gaza. A fuller form of his name is Salaminius Hermias Sozomenus. His Ecclesiastical History was written in 439–50. The nine extant books, written in an elegant Greek style, cover the years 324–439 and are primarily drawn from the history of Socrates Scholasticus, to which Sozomen added some new material. Sozomen's history continues that of Eusebius of Caesarea.

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