February 25 — Tarasios of Constantinople; Avertanus and Romeo

Tarasios of Constantinople (ca. 730–806) (aka Tarasius), quondam imperial secretary to Constantine VI, became Patriarch when his predecessor, Paul (a repentant iconoclast[1]), retired to a monastery. When the Dowager Empress Irene asked Paul to name his replacement, he named Tarasios. There was some grumbling about the idea of elevating a layman to Patriarch, and Pope… Continue reading February 25 — Tarasios of Constantinople; Avertanus and Romeo