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Germanos of Constantinople

GERMANOS of Constantinople (the Confessor), St (or Germanus). b. Constantinople, ca. 655; d. Platonium, before 754. He was the son of a patrikios. In 669, after his father’s execution by the Byzantine emperor, Germanos was made a eunuch and enrolled in the clergy of Hagia Sophia. He quickly established a reputation as an expert in theology. He became bishop of Cyzicus (ca. 706) and patriarch of Constantinople in 715. Germanos opposed various heresies; in 730, under pressure from Emperor Leo III, he resigned his office and retired to his estates at Platonium, near Athens, where he died. Leo III was an iconoclast: Germanos was steadfastly opposed to iconoclasm, and as a result the Emperor...

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