Nicetas I of Constantinople

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Nicetas I of Constantinople
Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
Installed 766
Term ended 780
Personal details
Denomination Eastern Orthodox Church

Nicetas I (or Niketas; Greek: Νικήτας), (? – 7 February 780) was the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople[1] from 766 to 780. He was of Slavic ancestry[2] and he was a eunuch.[3]

He was chosen by the Emperor Constantine V as a successor of the Patriarch Constantine II of Constantinople. However, Nicetas was quite unpopular in Constantinople because he was a supporter of iconoclasm.[4] After his death in 780, Nicetas was declared a heretic. He was succeeded by Paul IV of Constantinople.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walter de Gruyter (2008). Biographical Index of the Middle Ages. P. 804.
  2. ^ Dvorník, František (1970). Byzantské misie u Slovanů (in Czech). Praha: Vyšehrad. p. 61. Retrieved 2010-04-18. 
  3. ^ George Crabb (1833). Universal Historical Dictionary: Or, Explanation of the Names of Persons and Places in the Departments of Biblical, Political, and Ecclesiastical History, Mythology, Heraldry, Biography, Bibliography, Geography, and Numismatics.
  4. ^ Nicetas I of Constantinople. "Nicetas was viewed as a mere mouthpiece of the emperor and was very unpopular with the iconophile population of Constantinople."
Titles of Chalcedonian Christianity
Preceded by
Constantine II
Patriarch of Constantinople
766–780
Succeeded by
Paul IV