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Flavian II of Antioch

Flavian II of Antioch (d. 518), bishop or patriarch of Antioch, was chosen by the emperor Anastasius I to succeed Palladius[?], most probably in 498.

He endeavoured to please both parties by steering a middle course in reference to the Chalcedon decrees, but was induced after great hesitation to agree to the request of Anastasius that he should accept the Henoticon[?], or decree of union, issued by the emperor Zeno. It brought upon him the anathema of the patriarch of Constantinople. Nevertheless riots broke out in ca 511 between the rival parties in the streets of Antioch and emperor Anastasius I's sympathy of Monophysitism prompted loss of favour in Flavian. Flavian was replaced in 512 by Monophysites partisan Severus[?] and banished to Petra, where he died in 518.

Flavian was soon posthumously enrolled among the saints of the Orthodox Church, and after some opposition he was also canonized by the Latin Church.

This entry was originally from the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.

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