Little is known of Timothy's early life. He was a [[priest]] with responsibility for the vessels and ornaments at one of the [[cathedral]]s. He was considered by some people to be a man of poor character and to have adopted [[Monophysitism]] out of considerations of ambitions rather than conviction. He was appointed to succeed Patr. Macedonius II by emperor Anastasius the day after the emperor [[deposition|deposed]] and sent Macedonius into exile, in 511, for refusing to compromise his faith by not condemning the Council of Chalcedon. Timothy had taken a position in the disputes of accepting the [[
Henotikon]] of emperor [[Zeno (emperor)|Zeno]] and agreeing to the deposition of Patr. Macedonius. However, Timothy, himself, did not reject the Council. Timothy also added the name of Patr. John Niciota of Alexandria, a extreme Monophysite, to the [[diptychs]].
As the new [[patriarch]], Timothy sent letters to all the [[bishop]]s requesting that they subscribe to his letters and agree to the deposition of his predecessor, Patr. Macedonius. This was met with mixed results. Some bishops agreed to subscribe and were for deposition, while others subscribed to the letters but refused to agree to the deposition, and still others refused both.
Timothy's emissaries to Alexandria [[anathema]]tized the Council of Chalcedon from the pulpit. Within a year of his accession patriarch Timothy directed that the Thrice Holy should be recited with the Monophysite addition of "Who was crucified for us". This led to disturbances in two churches, disturbances in which many were slain over [[November 4]] and [[November 4|5]], and to a terrible riot the following day which nearly caused the deposition of the Emperor Anastasius.
Patr. Timothy died in 518 and was succeed by Patr. John II.
title=[[List of Patriarchs of Constantinople|Patriarch of Constantinople]]|
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