Maximus II of Constantinople

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Maximus II was Patriarch of Constantinople from June to December 1216. He had been abbot of the monastery of the Akoimetoi and was the confessor of the Nicaean emperor Theodore I Laskaris before he became patriarch. George Akropolites and Xanthopoulos are highly critical of Maximos, suggesting that he was "uneducated"[1] and that the only reason he was made patriarch was his intrigue into the palace's women's quarters. Akropolites writes that he "paid court to the women's quarters and was in turn courted by it; for it was nothing else which raised him to such eminence."[2] Maximus was Patriarch-in-exile as at the time his titular seat was occupied by the Latin Patriarch of Constantinople, and he resided in Nicaea. He died in office after only six months on the patriarchal throne.


  1. Xanthopoulos (PG 147.465b)
  2. George Akropolites (Ruth Macrides, ed). The History. Oxford: University Press, 2007, pp. 159–161.
Eastern Orthodox Church titles
Preceded by
Theodore II
Patriarch of Constantinople
In exile at Nicaea

Succeeded by
Manuel I