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John Chortasmenos

John Chortasmenos (Greek: Ιωάννης Χορτασμένος, 1370–1437) was a Byzantine monk, mathematician and astronomer.

Chortasmenos was a notary of the patriarchal chancery, teacher of Mark of Ephesus, Bessarion and Gennadius Scholarius. He was the author of philological, historical and philosophical works.

According to T. C. Skeat, he was responsible for bringing Codex Vaticanus from Constantinople to Rome between 1443 and 1475.[1]


  1. see Theodore Cressy Skeat, « The Codex Vaticanus in the fifteenth century », in The Collected Biblical Writings of T. C. Skeat, J. K. Elliott (ed.), Brill, Leiden, 2004.


  • Herbert Hunger, Johannes Chortasmenos (ca. 1370-ca. 1436/37). Briefe, Gedichte und Kleine Schriften. Einleitung, Regesten, Prosopographie, Text, Wiener Byzantinische Studien 7, Vienne (Autriche), 1969.

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