(Basilius; ca. 13951472). Patriarch of Constantinople; abp. Nicaea; sought to reconcile E and W Chs.; friend of Eugenius IV, who made him cardinal; greatest scholar of his day, he extended speculative thought in theol. by his defense of Plato, In calumniatorem Platonis. See also Florence, Council of, 1; Renaissance.
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