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.


  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
Succeeded by
Paul IV