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Theophanes of Medeia

Born: Constantinople 1400
Died: Constantinople 1474
  • Michail MantzanasEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_167-1


He was born Theodore Agallianos. He was appointed official of the Eastern Orthodox Patriarchate. He was the author of seminal theological works. The value of his letters is priceless, as they shed light on the historical events pertaining to the period of the fall of Constantinople. Theophanes of Medeia condemned the scheming of church officials, while, as far as the compliance with church rules is concerned, he emphasized the principle of the distinction between needs and historical conditions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ecclesiastical Academy of AthensAthensGreece