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continuation of the same division which had vexed Tarasius and Nicephorus, although the immediate and superficial issues are different. When we apprehend this continuity, we are able to see that the particular question which determined the course of the conflict between Photius and Ignatius only rendered acute an antagonisin which had existed for more than half a century.
Methodius seems to have availed himself of the most popular kind of literature, edifying biographies of holy men, for the purpose of his struggle with the Studites. Under his auspices, Ignatius the Deacon composed the Lives of Tarasius and Nicephorus, in which the troubles connected with the opposition of Studion are diligently ignored. The ecclesiastical conflicts of the period are, indeed, reflected, more by hints and reticences than direct statements, in the copious hagiographical productions of the ninth century, to which reference is frequently made in this volume.
On the death of Methodius, the Empress Theodora and her advisers chose his successor from anong, three monks of illustrious birth, each of whom, if fortune had been kind, might have worn the Imperial crown. Nicetas, a son of the Emperor Michael I., had been tonsured after his father's death, had taken the name of Ignatius, and had founded new monasteries in the Islands of the Princes, over which he presided as abbot.* Here he and his family, who had not been despoiled of their wealth, afforded refuge to imageworshippers who were driven from the capital. The sons of
Hergenröther (i. 353) saw that thero was a connexion between the quarrels which vexed Methodius and those which troubled his sliccessor. The continuity of the parties has been worked out by Uspenski, op. cit. 81 899., and more fully by Lebedev, op. cit. 8 1.
relating to the period are fully reviewed from this point of view. For the dating of the Lives by Ignatius to A.D. 843-845, sco his remarks p. 64. Ignatius also wrote a Life of Gregory Dekapolites, which exists in MS., but lias not been printed.
? It is notoworthy that Methodius was a Sicilian, and that a Sicilian-Gregory Asbestas-was to play a lead. ing part in the opposition to Ignatius. For at an earlier period we find traces of antagonism between Sicilian monks and the Studitos (Michuel, Vita l'hcou. 312; op. Uspenski, op. cit. 81.82).
* Sou the illuminating articlo of v. Dobschitz (referred to in the proced. ing notes), where tho hagiographies
• Nicetas, Vila Igr. 217, Plate, Hyatros and Terebinthos. Hyatros (or Iatros) is now called Niandro, a tiny islet south of Prinkipo. Terebinthos is Anderovithos, about two miles to the east of Prinkipo. See Pargoire, Les Monrıslères de S. Ignuice, 62 899. He has shown that tho monastery of Satyros, dedicated loy Ignatius, on the opposito coast (seo above, p. 133), to the Archangel Michael, was not founded till a.d. 873.
the Emperor Leo V., to whom the family of Ignatius owed its downfall, had been caust into a monastery in the island of Prote; they renounced the orrors of their father, and won a high reputation for virtue and piety. When the Patriarchal throne became vacant, these monks of Imperial purentage, Basil and Gregory, the sons of Leo, and Ignatius, the son of Michael, were proposed for election. Ignatius was preferred, perhaps because it was felt that notwithstanding their own merits the shadow of their father's heresy rested upon the sons of Leo; and he was consecrated on July 4, A.D. 847.2
Ignatius had spent his life in pious devotion and monastic organization. Tonsured at the age of thirteen or fourteen, he had made no progress in secular learning, which he distrusted and disliked. lle was not a man of the world like Methodius; he had the rigid notions which were bred in cloistral life and were calculated to lead himself and the Church into difficulties when they were pursued in the Patriarchal palace. It is probable that he was too much engaged in his own work to have taken any part in the disputes which troubled Methodius, and Thcodora may have hoped that he would succeed in conciliating the opposing parties. But he was by nature an anti-Methodiun, and he showed this on the very day of his consecration.
Gregory Asbestas, the archbishop of Syracuse, happened to be in Constantinople at the time. A Sicilian, he was a friend of the Sicilian Methodius, on whom he composed a panegyric, and he was a man of some learning. There was a charge against him of some ecclesiastical irregularity, and it was probably in connexion with this that he had come to the capital. He has taken his place among the bishops who attended in St. Sophia, bearing tapers, to acclaim the Patriarch, and Ignatius ordered him to withdraw, on the ground that liis episcopal status was in abeyance until the charge which lay 1 Gen. 99.
porter of Methodius, it is probable ? Methodius died June 14, 847 that Ignatius had taken no part in (l'ita Joanic. by Simeon Met. 92 ; the opposition to Methodius. Menol. Bus., sub ilie, p. 500, where he According to Pseudo-Simeon, 671, is said to have been Patriarch for four he had irregularly consecrated Zachayears three months).
rias—a priest whom Methodius had It is said that Ignatius was re- sent to Rome – bishop (of Tauro. comineniled to the Empress by tho menium). This author erroneously hermit Joannikios (l'ita Ignatii, 221). states that Gregory was doposod by As Joannikios had been a strong supos
against him had been decided. This public slight enraged Gregory, who dashed his candle to the ground und loudly declared that not a shepherd but a wolf had intruded into the Church. The new l'atriarch certainly displayed neither the wisdom of a serpent nor the harmlessness of a dove, and his own adherents admit that he was generally blamed.' He had thus at the very outset takon pains to offend an able and eminent prelate of the party which had supported Methodius, and the action was interpreted as a declaration of war. The result was a schism. Gregory had many sympathizers; some bishops had marked their disapprobation of the action of Ignatius by leaving the church in his company. A schismatic group was formed which refused to acknowledge the new Patriarch—a group which expressed the general tendencies of the Methodian party and avowed an unreserved admiration for Methodius. But it was only a small group. The hierarchy in general supported Ignatius, us it had supported Methodius; for Ignatius was supported by Theodora." Nevertheless the followers of Gregory, though comparatively few, were influential. They alleged against the latriarch that he was a detractor from the merits and memory of his predecessor, and that he was unduly rigorous and narrow in his application of the canons. Ignatius summoned Gregory to answer the charge which still hung over his head; Gregory declined, and, along with others of his party, was condemned by a synod. He appealed against
" this judgment to Pope Leo IV., who asked the Patriarch to send him a copy of the Acts. Ignatius did not comply, and Leo's successor, Benedict III., declined to confirm the deposition of Gregory, and contented himself with suspending him until) he had inspected the documents."
1 Vila In». 232 ου καλώς μεν, ώς γε we must accept the continuity of the δοκούν τους πολλοίς.
party with this limitation.
Stylianos, Ep. 428; Mansi, xiv. 11. Especially Petor, bishop of 1029-32. Sardis, and Eulampios, bishop of
The synod was held not
later than 854, for Leo IV. diod in 855. Apamea.
Stylianos, loc. cit. ; Nicolaus, Ep. 3 Lebedev seems, in his exposition For the fragment of a letter of of the continuity of tho two parties, Leo IV. to Ignatius, complaining that to have missed the importance of the Patriarch had deposed certain meu Thcodora's attitude. On their own without his knowledge or cousent, principles, the Methodlians were bound sec Ewald, “ Die Papstbriefe der brit. to support the new l'atriarch, so long tischen Sammlung," in Neues Archiv, as he was orthodox and was upheld v. 379 (1879). The persons in ques. by the Emperor. The greater num. tion are undoubtedly Gregory and his bor probably adhered to Ignatius, and fellows.
of the age.
The schism of Gregory might be allowed to rest in the obscurity of ecclesiastical records if it had not won distinction and importance by the adhesion of the most remarkable man
Photius was probably born about the beginning of the ninth century. His father, Sergius,' was a brother of the Patriarch Tarasius, and through his mother he was connected with the family of the Empress Theodora. His parents suffered exile for their devotion to inage-worship under the iconoclastic sovrans," and it was probably in the first years of Theodora's reign that Photius entered upon his
a public teacher of philosophy. He had an attractive personality, he was a stimulating teacher, and he soon found a band of disciples who hung upon his words. llis encyclopaedic learning, in which he not only excelled all the men of his own time but was unequalled by any Greek of the Middle Ages, will call for notice in another chapter. His family connexions as well as his talents opened a career in the Imperial service; and he was ultimately appointed to the high post of Protoasecretis, or First Secretary, with the rank of a protospathar. It was probably during his tenure of this important post that he was sent as ambassador to the East, perhaps to Bughdnd itself, perhaps only to some of the provincial emirs. Whutever his services as an envoy may have been, he established personal relations of friendship with Mohammadan magnates."
Photius had a high respect for Gregory Asbestas, and identified himself closely with the group which opposed
Pseudo-Simeon, 668. His brothers 800. See Papadopulos-Kerameus, . were named Sergius and Tarasius. πατριάρχης Φώτιος ως πατήρ άγιος της
2 l'hotius, Ep. 113 Ociov nuť tepov ; 'Ekainolas, p. 638 in B.2. viii. (1909). Ε». 2 τον ημέτερον πατρόθειον.
Hergenröther's dato for his birth is
827 (i. 315-316). 3 See above, p. 156.
o the date is unknown. Horgen. • Phutius, Ep. 113, Ep. 234 (ad röther says "probably under Theo! tis. Tarasium fratrem), Ep. 2 (Inthronist. tus" (i. 310). Hergenrother has the ad episc. orient.), p. 145. Cps. Acta curious idea that prutuspatharius Conc. viii. 460 τούτου και πατήρ means "captain of the Imperial body. και μήτηρ υπέρ ευσεβείας αθλούντες guard" (ib.). εναπέθανον. These passages show
the Dedication of the that they died in exile. Photius Bibliotheca, πρεσβεύειν ημάς ET' himself was anathematized by the 'Ασσυρίους αιρεθέντας. iconoclastic synod which
? Cp. Mansi, xvii. 481. Nicolaus anathematized his father (Ep. 164), Mysticus, Ep. 2 (Migne, cxi.), writing and this was probably the synod of 'to the Emir of Crete, says that A.1). 815. If so we cannot place the Photius was a friend of the Eniir's birth of Photius muuch later than father (p. 7).
Ignatius.' There was a natural antipathy between Photius, a man of learning and a inan of the world, and Ignatius, who had neither tact nor secular crudition. It is probable that the Patriarch even displayed in some public way his dislike or disdain for profane learning. We can well understand that he was deeply vexed by the opposition of a man whose talents : and leurning were unreservedly recognized by his contemporaries, and who exerted immense influence in the educated society of the city. The synod, which condemned Gregory, seems to have also condemned Photius, implicitly if not by name; and he was numbered among the schismatics."
In order to embarrass the l'atriarch, and to prove that a training in logic and philosophy was indispensable for defending Christian doctrine and refuting false opinions, l'hotius conceived the idea of propounding a heresy. He promulgated the thesis that there are two souls in man, one liable to err, the other immune from error. Some took this seriously and were convinced by his ingenious arguments, to the everlasting peril of their souls. His friend, Constantine the Philosopher, who was afterwards to become famous as the Apostle of the Slavs, reproached Photius with propounding this dingerous proposition. “I had no iden," said Photius, “that it would do any harm.
harm. I only wanted to see how Ignatius would deal with it, without the aid of the philosophy which he rejects.”
The Palace revolution which resulted in the fall of Theodora and placed the government in the hands of Bardas changed the ecclesiastical situation.
the ecclesiastical situation. Whatever difficulties beset Ignatius in a post which he was not well qualified to fill, whatever vexation might be caused to him through the active or passive resistance of his opponents, he was secure so long as the Empress was in power.
But Bardas was a friend and admirer of Photius, and the Ignatian party must have felt his access to power as a severe blow. Bardas, however, was a sufliciently prudent statesman to have no desire wantonly to disturb the existing state of things, or to stir up
· Nicolaus, Ep, 11. p. 163; Styli. * Anastasius, Praef. 6; cp. Pseudoanos, Ep. 428 ; Pseudo-Simeon, 671. Simeon, 673; Mansi, xvi. 456. Cp. ? Anastasius, Praef. 6 "qui scilicet
Hergenröther, iii. 444-446.
doctrine had such a vogue that the viros exterioris sapientiae repulissct."
fathers of the Eighth Council thought 3 Libellus Ignatii, 300;
Metro. it expedient to condemn it (canou x., phanes, Ep. 416.
Mansi, ib. 401).