Could Photius have obtained the confirmation of his election from the pope, it is probable he never would have rushed into schism.
According to Carrera and Photius, an eruption occurred in the year 420.
The second doubt is this:—Is the work which Photius read the same that has now been rescued?
Suidas, Phavorinus, and Photius give similar interpretations.
Then the memory of Photius was revered as one of the great names of New Rome.
His works are only preserved in meagre abridgement by Photius.
Photius praises the style of Hesychius, and credits him with being a veracious historian.
Photius, however, remained in possession as long as Basil lived.
Photius, in 867, told the Pope that the Russians were already Christians.
He determined formally to revive the schism inaugurated by Photius.