Reformed Churchmen

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

November 970-974 A.D. Basil I Scamadrenus—Constantinople’s 95th; Tragos, 1st Charter of Mount Athos; Exiled to Skamandros Monastery

November 970-974 A.D.  Basil I Scamadrenus—Constantinople’s 95th;  Tragos, 1st Charter of Mount Athos; Exiled to Skamandros Monastery

Basil I of Constantinople

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Basil I, surnamed Scamandrenus or Skamandrenos (Greek: Βασίλειος Σκαμανδρηνός) from the Skamandros Monastery, which he founded, was Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople from 970 to 974. Before his election as Patriarch, he was a monk in Olympus of Syria and continued his monastic life after his election. As a Patriarch he was accused as a conspirator against the Emperor John I Tzimiskes and as a violator of holy rules, but he refused to appear in front of a royal court. He was exiled and went to the Skamandros Monastery, where he died.

During his patriarchate, the so-called Tragos, the first Charter of the monastical state of Mount Athos, was written and ratified. It was named after the animal whose skin was used for the parchment on which the text was written, namely a male goat.



Preceded by
Succeeded by
Antony III

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