Euthymius II of Constantinople

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Euthymius II of Constantinople
Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
Church Church of Constantinople
In office 25 October 1410 – 29 March 1416
Predecessor Matthew I of Constantinople
Successor Joseph II of Constantinople
Personal details
Born ?
Died 29 March 1416

Euthymius II (Greek: Εὐθύμιος Β΄), (? – 29 March 1416) was Patriarch of Constantinople in 1410–16.

Already at a young age he became a monk and was soon after ordained a priest. He distinguished himself for his theological and rhetorical abilities, which he employed in defence of Palamism and against the Union of the Orthodox Church with the Roman Catholic Church, for which he was accorded the honorific appellation "Doctor of the Church". [1] Despite being a fervent anti-unionist, he was sent by the Byzantine emperor Manuel II Palaiologos (reigned 1391–1425) to participate in the discussions for a prospective union with Pope Urban VI (1378–89). The mission achieved some success, but with no firm commitments on either side, and on his return to Constantinople he was promoted to archimandrite and became abbot of the prestigious Stoudios Monastery.[1]

Eventually Euthymius advanced to the post of protosynkellos, after which he became Patriarch of Constantinople. During his tenure, he endeavoured to remove the Church from imperial control and act autonomously. Of his writings, only a philosophical treatise "On being and not being" and two letters survive.[1] Euthymius II died on 29 March 1416.


  1. ^ a b c Εὐθύμιος Β´ (in Greek). Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
Eastern Orthodox Church titles
Preceded by
Matthew I
Patriarch of Constantinople
Succeeded by
Joseph II
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