Paul of Aleppo

Paul Zaim, known sometime also as Paul of Aleppo (Paul, Archdeacon of Aleppo) (1627–1669) was an Ottoman Syrian Orthodox clergyman and chronicler. Son of Patriarch Macarios III Zaim, Paul accompanied his father in his travels throughout Constantinople, Wallachia, Moldavia, Ukraine and Russia, as an attempt to raise funds and support for their Church (from 1652 to 1659, and from 1666 to 1669).

Paul Zaim of Aleppo
DiedJanuary 30, 1669(1669-01-30) (aged 41–42)
ChurchMelkite Church
WritingsThe Travels of Macarius, Patriarch of Antioch

Life and worksEdit

He was born in 1627 in Aleppo, the same year his mother died. He was appointed a reader on May 8, 1642. On February 17, 1644, he married, and on November 21, 1647, he was ordained archdeacon.[1] He died in Tiflis, Georgia[2] on January 30, 1669.[3]

Paul wrote down an account of his visits, The Travels of Macarius, Patriarch of Antioch (edited in Arabic).[4] It is important as a source on Wallachia, documenting the main events of Constantin Şerban's rule and the Ottoman expedition of 1657. He wrote also a History of the Patriarchs of Antioch.[2]


  1. ^ Raheb, Abdallah (1981). Conception of the Union in the Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch (1622 - 1672) (PDF). Beirut. pp. 79, 81 and note 376. Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  2. ^ a b Graf, Georg (1960). "22. Paulus von Aleppo". Geschichte der christlichen arabischen Literatur, Volume 3. Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana. p. 110.
  3. ^ See (in Russian): Фонкич Б.Л. "О дате кончины Павла Алеппского": in: Очерки феодальной России. 13. М.-СПб.: Альянс-Архео, 2009, pp.289-292
  4. ^ English translation from Arabic in: Belfour, C., ed. (1836). Travels of Macarios, Patriarch of Antioch. London.

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