Update to remove offensive language and note Patriarch Anthimus' veneration as a saint.
'''Anthimus I of Constantinople''', also '''Anthimus of Trebizond''', was the Patriarch of Constantinople during the years 535 and 536.
While harboring Monophysite sympathies, he was elected [[patriarch]] avowing support of the Orthodox Christian party. Subsequently, he was [[deposition|deposed]] after his sympathies for [[Monophysitism]] became open.
The early life of Anthimus is largely unknown. He was the Bishop of Trebizond before he became the Patriarch of Constantinople. In 532, he had participated in meetings at Constantinople concerning religious and political unity between the eastern and western parts of the Roman Empire. While outwardly supporting the
Orthodox party concerning the ongoing Monophysite controversy, Anthimus corresponded with Patriarchs [[Severus of Antioch]] and Theodosius of Alexandria who were the principal theoreticians of the monotheistic [[heresy]].
After the death of
Patr. Epiphanius in June 535, the empress [[Theodora (wife of Justinian)|Theodora]], who was sympathetic to Monophysitism, maneuvered the appointment of Anthimus as patriarch of Constantinople over the objections of the Orthodox [[clergy]]. While appearing to maintain Orthodoxy in his relations with Pope [[Agapetus I of Rome]], Anthimus secretly supported the Monophysite cause. In March 536, Pope Agapetus visited Constantinople and discovered Patr. Anthimus' true position as upon his arrival members of the clergy entered charges against Anthimus as an intruder and a [[heretic]]. After Anthimus refused to make a written profession of faith, Agapetus broke off ecclesiastical communion with the patriarch and , then , convened a [[synod]] that deposed him and nullified his ministerial power.
After Anthimus was condemned
at council in Constantinople, he entered into monastic seclusion under the protection of empress Theodora until her death in 548. The date of his death is unknown.
6th- century bishops]][[Category: Heretics]]
[[Category: Patriarchs of Constantinople]]