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  • proper n. A male given name.


Latin form of Ancient Greek Ἄλεξις ("helper, defender") (Wiktionary)


  • In the West we find no trace of the name Alexius in any martyrology or other liturgical book previous to the end of the tenth century; he seems to have been completely unknown.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • The genuine character of Alexius is lost in a vague constellation of virtues; and the perpetual strain of panegyric and apology awakens our jealousy, to question the veracity of the historian and the merit of the hero.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • 19 The fate of Alexius is less tragical: he was sent by the marquis a captive to Italy, and a gift to the king of the Romans; but he had not much to applaud his fortune, if the sentence of imprisonment and exile were changed from a fortress in the Alps to a monastery in Asia.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • During the latter years of her life she composed a work to which she gave the name of Alexius, which is divided into 15 books, and has been more or less esteemed by critics, generally, and is called

    Chess History and Reminiscences

  • "Alexius," said the Empress Irene, "I beseech you to be contented; be assured that we will not leave you in this dogged humour of blood - shedding, lest you make such materials for history as are fitter for the time of Nero than of Constantine."

    Waverley Novels — Volume 12

  • "Alexius," I said, "has learned his lesson from the People's Crusade.

    Up The Line

  • And in the lull that followed, the Empire's always-creative ruler, Alexius I, saw an opportunity to reverse his fortunes.

    Jay Rubenstein: Myths About Crusade Myths: Were They Defensive Wars?

  • Alexius probably hoped for little more than a token force of Frankish mercenaries, a small army that could be readily shaped and directed.

    'The Crusades'

  • In 1095, however, Alexius, understandably, failed to anticipate that Pope Urban would use this opportunity to make a far wider appeal to the people of Latin Christendom and launch the crusade.

    'Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades'

  • Pope Urban himself also had an agenda with regard to Alexius.

    'Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades'


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