Paulos 3

Prosopography of the Byzantine Empire
FloruitM/L VII
Dates680 (taq) / 694 (ob.)
PmbZ No.5768
Variant NamesPaulus;
patriarch Paul III
Constantinople (officeplace);
Constantinople (residence);
TitlesArchbishop, Constantinople (office);
Basilikos asekretis of the sekretarios basilikos. (office);
Bishop, Constantinople (office);
Patriarch, Constantinople (office)
Textual SourcesAgatho Diaconus, Epilogus, ed. Riedinger, ACO II 2. 898-901 = Mansi XII 189-196. (theology);
Constantinople, Third Council of (Sixth Ecumenical Council), ed. R. Riedinger, Concilium Universale Constantinopolitanum Tertium, ACO II.2. 1 (Berlin, 1990-1992); also cited from Mansi XI passim (conciliar);
Nicephorus, Breviarium Historiae, ed. C. Mango, Nikephoros, Patriarch of Constantinople: Short History; prev. ed. C. de Boor Nicephori ArchiepiscopiConstantinopolitani Opuscula Historica Leipzig 1880 (history);
Theophanes Confessor, Chronographia, ed. C. de Boor, 2 vols. (Leipzig, 1883-85, repr. Hildesheim/NewYork, 1980); tr. and comm. C. Mango and R. Scott, The Chronicle of Theophanes Confessor, Oxford 1997 (chronicle);
Trullo, (Quinisext) Council in, List of bishops, ed. H. Ohme, Das Concilium Quinisextum und seine Bischofsliste: Studien zum Konstantinopeler Konzil von 692, (Berlin, 1990), pp. 145-170; Mansi XI (conciliar)

At the Third Council of Constantinople (the Sixth Ecumenical Council) in 680 and 681 Paulos 3, still a layman (cf. below), was a basilikos asekretis; he was one of the officials assisting at the Council and was a colleague of Agatho 3; he later became patriarch of Constantinople: Agatho Diac. (Mansi XII 189) (ἅμα Παύλῳ τῷ ἐν ἁγίοις ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ γενομένῳ τῶν ἐνταῦθα καὶ πατριάρχῃ, ἐν λαïκοῖς ἐτὶ τελοῦντι καὶ βασιλικῷ ἀσεκρέτης τυγχάνοντι). In 680 and 681 he was asekretis and sekretarios basilikos and attended the Sixth Ecumenical Council: Riedinger II 2. 32, line 3, 40, lines 10-11, 50, lines 33-34, 166, line 16, 176, lines 3-4, 186, lines 8-9, 196, lines 3-4, 560, lines 11-12 (= Mansi XI 220, 224, 232, 320, 324, 329, 336, 545) (Παῦλος ὁ μεγαλοπρεπέστατος ἀσηκρῆτις καὶ βασιλικὸς σεκρετάριος or similar). At the start of the second session of the Council on 10 November he reminded the Council of the decision to read the acts of the Fourth Ecumenical Council, the Council of Chalcedon, that day: Riedinger II 2. 32, lines 5-8 (= Mansi XI 220). At the start of the third session (13 November) he produced the acts of the Fifth Ecumenical Council to be read: Riedinger II 2. 40, lines 12- 14 (= Mansi XI 224-225). At the start of the fourth session (15 November) he reminded the emperor and Council of the decision at the previous session to read out documents from pope Agatho 1 and the Council of Rome of 680: Riedinger II 2. 52, lines 1-7 (= Mansi XI 232). At the start of the fifth session (7 December) he again introduced business, reminding the Council that the evidence assembled by Makarios 1 from the writings of the Fathers in support of the monothelete doctrine was to be produced at this session: Riedinger II 2. 166, lines 17-26 (= Mansi XI 320). He began the sixth session (12 February) by reminding emperor and Council that at the fifth session Makarios 1 had been invited to produce any further testimony supporting his beliefs at this session: Riedinger II 2. 176, lines 5-9 (= Mansi XI 324). The seventh session began with him recalling the promise made at the previous session by the papal delegates (see Theodoros 22) to produce statements from the Fathers supporting Two Wills and Two Energies and from heretics supporting One Will and One Energy: Riedinger II 2. 186, lines 10-17 (= Mansi XI 329). He began the eighth session by reminding the Council that Georgios 1 and Makarios 1 had undertaken to give their answer to the statements on monotheletism contained in the documents brought from Rome by the papal delegates and the statements culled by them from the Fathers in support of the doctrine of Two Wills and Two Energies: Riedinger II 2. 196, lines 5-11 (= Mansi XI 336). At the twelfth session (22 March 681) he and his colleague Ioannes 60 (they were τοῖς μεγαλοπρεπεστάτοις ἀσηκρήτοις καὶ σεκρεταρίοις βασιλικοῖς) were sent with Agatho 3 and the bishops Ioannes 32, Georgios 17 and Domitios 1 to see Makarios 1 and check if certain documents brought before the Council were really his: Riedinger II 2. 560, lines 11-14 (= Mansi XI 545). He, Ioannes 60 and Agatho 3 are alluded to as people who were taking down the proceedings of the Council (οἱ δὲ ὑπεκλαμβάνοντες τὰ ἐν τῇ καθ'ἡμᾶς ταύτῃ ἁγίᾳ συνόδῳ πραττόμενα): Riedinger II 2. 560, lines 2-3 (= Mansi XI 544) (presumably in shorthand). In 688 he became patriarch of Constantinople in succession to Theodoros 4 and remained patriarch for six years eight months (so Nic., Chron.; Theophanes gives seven years): Nic., Chron. 68, Theoph. AM 6177, AM 6179, AM 6185, cf. Agatho Diac. (cited above). His dates were from 688 to 694. Identified as formerly a layman and asekretis: Nic., Chron. 68. In 692 he attended the Quinisext Council in Constantinople and signed the canons: Ohme, Bischofsliste, p. 145, no. 3 (= Mansi XI 988) (Παῦλος ἀνάξιος ἐπίσκοπος Κωνσταντινουπόλεως νέας Ῥώμης).

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