The Monk Maxim the Greek (XV-XVI Centuries), was the son of a rich Greek dignitary in the city of Arta and he received a splendid education. In his youth he travelled widely and he studied the languages and sciences (i.e. intellectual disciplines) in the European lands – he spent time at Paris, Florence, Venice. Upon returning to his native land, he went to Athos and accepted monasticism at the Batopedeia Monastery. And with enthusiasm he studied ancient manuscripts, left on Athos by monasticised Byzantine Greek Emperors (Andronikos Paleologos and Ioannes Kantakuzenos).