Photius Before His Patriarchate

  title={Photius Before His Patriarchate},
  author={Warren T. Treadgold},
  journal={The Journal of Ecclesiastical History},
  pages={1 - 17}
  • W. Treadgold
  • Published 1 January 2002
  • History
  • The Journal of Ecclesiastical History
Photius (patriarch of Constantinople 858–67, 877–86) was born c. 813. His father Sergius, a wealthy official, was exiled along with Photius for opposing Iconoclasm, evidently in 833. During this exile, which lasted until 842, Photius read voraciously. Later, probably in 845, he catalogued his reading in his Bibliotheca. Yet Photius composed neither the Bibliotheca nor his other pre-858 work as formal scholarly literature, for which the contemporary audience was exiguous. Indeed he found no… 
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