Flavian II of Antioch

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Saint Flavian of Antioch
Died 518
Petra, Jordan
Honored in
Orthodox Christianity, Catholic Christianity
Feast 20 July

Flavian II of Antioch (Greek:Φλαβιανός Β Αντιοχείας) was the Patriarch of Antioch from 498 until his deposition in 512.


As patriarch, Flavian and Elias of Jerusalem resisted the attempts by Emperor Anastasius I (491-518) to abolish the Council of Chalcedon (451).[1] However due to the conflict between Chalcedonians and non-Chalcedonians in Antioch, Flavian endeavoured to please both parties by steering a middle course in reference to the Chalcedon decrees, but was induced after great hesitation to agree to the request of Anastasius that he should accept the Henotikon, issued by the emperor Zeno.

Riots soon broke out in 511 between the rival parties in the streets of Antioch and Flavian lost imperial support. A synod was convened in Sidon in 512 by the Non-Chalcedonians, which resulted in Flavian being replaced by Severus of Antioch. Flavian was then banished to Petra, where he died in 518.[2]

Flavian was soon posthumously enrolled among the saints of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and after some opposition he was also canonized by the Roman Catholic Church.


Preceded by
Patriarch of Antioch
Succeeded by
Severus I