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On the Origins of Theophilos I, Archbishop of Tarnovo (before 1527, 1528, 1530 – ?)


Authors:
Ivan Tyutyunjiev St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Pages: 107-111

Abstract:

The present article tries to elucidate the origins and activities of Theophilos I – an Archbishop of Tarnovo in the early 16th century. As a successor of the Tarnovo Patriarchate, which had existed before the Ottoman conquest of Bulgaria at the end of the 14th century, the city continued to play an important role in the Orthodox world. Therefore, Theophilos I took a very high position, which is obvious by the documents mentioning his name. Unfortunately, the information about him is scanty. There are few documents, found out mainly in the archives of the Mount Athos monasteries but they are limited to the period between 1527 and 1530. The origins of Theophilos is obscure. However, based on a new reading of an inscription in the monastery of Mylopotamos, where he had been a hieromonk prior to becoming an archbishop of Tarnovo, the author concludes that his native town was Arta in Epirus, Greece.

Keywords:

Theophilos I, archbishop, Mount Athos, Tarnovo, Arta, Epirus, Tarnovo Patriarchate, monastery of Mylopotamos, Orthodox world, the archives of the Mount Athos

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