Constantine the Ethnomartyr
Last Emperor of Byzantium
by Archbishop Chrysostomos of Etna
This essay upholds the sanctity and virtuous character of the last Byzantine Emperor, Constantine XII Dragases Palæologos, who died a heroic death defending his city against Ottoman invaders. Archbishop Chrysostomos argues that the Ethnomartyr Constantine was far from being a “Uniate,” as some have recently maintained, and that he remained loyal to his Divine calling as temporal guardian of the Orthodox Church.
About the Author
The Most Reverend Dr. Chrysostomos
is a Senior Scholar at the C.T.O.S. He completed his studies in history (with a concentration in Byzantine historical theology) at the University of California, the Licentiate in Theology at the C.T.O.S., and his graduate study in psychology at Princeton University. He has held professorial posts at the University of California, Ashland Theological Seminary, and Ashland University and visiting professorships at the Theological Institute of Uppsala University (Sweden) and, as a Fulbright Scholar in Romania, at the University of Bucharest, the Alexandru I. Cuza University of Iaşi, and the Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism. His Eminence is also former Executive Director of the United States Fulbright Commission in Romania.
© 2014 C.T.O.S. All rights reserved.