ACOEMETAE or Akoimetoi (sleepless ones). Monastic community of Constantinople, founded ca. 425 by St. Alexander (the Acoemete), an itinerant monk from the Greek archipelago with ties to Messalian circles. Backed by the people, by monks (St. Hypatius) and by the empress Pulcheria, Alexander changed residence many times, dying ca. 430 at Gomon on the Asian coast of the Bosporus near the Black Sea. His successor, John, moved to the Eirenaion, nearer the city. The most famous hegumen, St. Marcellus, provided the first monks of the Studite monastery in 463. The characteristic of the acoemetae was continual liturgical prayer, alternating among three groups (Greek, Latin and Syriac?). Their liturgy, but especially their library and culture, had a great influence. They easily resisted their archbishops and for a long time were allied with Rome in defense of Chalcedon. They ultimately became suspect because of their defense of the Three Chapters, diminishing in importance after 534.
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