John VI of Constantinople

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John VI of Constantinople, (in Greek Ιωάννης ΣΤ΄, Iōannēs VI ), was the Patriarch of Constantinople during the early part of the eighth century, from 712 to 715. John shared his heretical Monothelite sympathies with his sponsor, emperor Philippicus Bardanes.


Nothing is known of the early life of John VI. John was placed on the patriarchal throne in 712 by emperor Philippicus Bardanes, replacing Patri. Cyrus whom the emperor had deposed. After the deposition of Patr. Cyrus, John assembled a group of bishops that repealed the canons of the Sixth Ecumenical Council which included the condemnation of Monothelitism. The rise of Patr. John VI on the coat tails of emperor Philippicus proved to be short as John was deposed when emperor Anastasius II replaced Philippicus on the imperial throne in 715. With the departures of Philippicus and John VI the Church saw the last of the heresy of Monothelitism and of the short lasting schism with the Church of Rome over it.


  • The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium, Oxford University Press, 1991.
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John VI of Constantinople
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