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Athanasius II of Constantinople

Athanasius II of Constantinople
Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
Church Church of Constantinople
In office 1451 – 1453
Predecessor Gregory III of Constantinople
Successor Gennadius Scholarius
Personal details
Born ?
Died 29 May 1453

Athanasius II (? – 29 May 1453) was the last Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople before the Fall of Constantinople. He supposedly served from 1450 to 1453. The only document about his existence is "Acts of the council in Hagia Sophia", that is considered to be a fake because of anachronisms in the text.[1][2]

Life

Athanasius, if he existed, was born in Crete early in the fifteenth century. He was elected patriarch of Constantinople in 1450, succeeding the deposed Gregory III. After the Fall of Constantinople, he escaped and retired to Mount Athos where he settled into a monastic house on the site of the old Monastery of Xistrou that he dedicated to St. Anthony the Great.[3]

At a later date he left Athos for a monastery on the territory of modern-day Ukraine where he died at an unknown date.

His cell at Mount Athos eventually became the base on which the Skete of St. Andrew, a dependency of the Vatopedi Monastery, was founded.

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