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John the Faster (Saint)
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John the Faster (Saint), patriarch of Constantinople, Apr 12, 582 – Sep 2, 595, previously deacon at the Hagia Sophia; because of his asceticism, he was already known during his lifetime as “the Faster” (ὁ Νηστευτής/ho Nēsteutḗs). This is probably the reason why, from the 11th century on, a majority of the Byzantine literature on penitential discipline written since the 9th century was attributed to him. Popes Pelagius II and Gregory the Great erroneously understood the designation “ecumenical patriarch,” already attested before John and after him the titl…

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Ohme, Heinz, “John the Faster (Saint)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_10884>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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