Socrates Scholasticus,fl. 5th cent., Byzantine historian. His Ecclesiastical History (in Greek, 7 vol.) continues the work of Eusebius for the period from 305 to 439. The work is unusual for its objectivity, dependence on original primary sources (e.g., acts of councils, the chronicle of Constantinople, letters of kings and bishops), and impartial descriptions of heresies.
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