Antiochus, bp. of Ptolemais
Antiochus (1), bp. of Ptolemais, c. A.D.
401. To display his oratorical powers in a wider field he left Ptolemais and settled
at Constantinople, where his fine voice and appropriate action, together with the
eloquent and perspicuous character of his discourses, soon attracted large auditories,
by whom, like his great contemporary John, he was surnamed "The Golden-mouthed."
Having amassed considerable wealth, he returned to his deserted see, where he employed
his leisure in composing a long treatise "against avarice." He took a zealous part
in the proceedings against Chrysostom, and is reckoned by Palladius among his bitterest
enemies. He died in the reign of Arcadius, before A.D. 408,
and, according to Nicephorus, his end, like that of all the enemies of Chrysostom,
was miserable. A homily on The Cure of the Blind Man is also mentioned. With
the exception of a sentence quoted by Theodoret, Dial. 2, and a longer fragment
given in the Catena on St. John, xix. p. 443, his works have perished (Socr.
vi. 11; Soz. viii. 10; Niceph. xiii. 26; Gennadius in Catalog.; Pallad.
Dialog. p. 49; Fabr. Bibl. Gk. ix. 259).