Nicetas I of Constantinople

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Nicetas I of Constantinople was Patriarch of Constantinople from 766 to 780. He was a confirmed iconoclast and heretic.


Little is known of Nicetas' life. He was appointed patriarch by the iconoclast emperor Constantine V to replace Patr. Constantine II, an iconoclast patriarch whom the emperor had placed on the patriarchal throne but who apparently had turned against the emperor in June 766 and joined the iconophiles. Patr. Constantine II was deposed, imprisoned, and tortured before he was beheaded.

Nicetas was viewed as a mere mouthpiece of the emperor and was very unpopular with the iconophile population of Constantinople.

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Nicetas I of Constantinople
Preceded by:
Constantine II
Patriarch of Constantinople
Succeeded by:
Paul IV
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