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Abp. Arsacius was a native of Tarsus in Kikilia. He was probably born in the latter part of the second decade of the fourth century. Little is known of his early life. His brother, Nectarius, who was the immediate predecessor of St. John Chrysostom, had selected Arsacius to be Bishop of Tarsus. However, he refused the appointment, allegedly because he had designs on succeeding his brother as Archbishop of Constantinople.
He served as an [[archpriest]] under John Chrysostom. An opportunity opened for him to ascend to the throne of the [[see]] of Constantinople when the intrigues of Aelia Eudoxia and [[
Theophilus of Alexandria]] resulted in the exile of John Chrysostom. Triumphant in her success against St. John, Eudoxia and her party wanted for [[archbishop]] a person who was malleable. In Arsacius they found such a person, particularly as he had testified against St. John in his trial before the [[Synod of the Oak]].
When Arsacius was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] archbishop on [[
June 27]], 404, Abp. Chrysostom denounced him "as a spiritual adulter, and a wolf in sheep's clothing."<ref>(Ep.. cxxv.)</ref> Soon the people of the [[diocese]] made it plain that they considered Arsacius an intruder. The churches became empty as the people of Constantinople refused to attend any religious event at which Arsacius might be present. Instead the people gathered in the open air in the outskirts of Constantinople. As the intensity of the protests increased, Arsacius appealed to Emperor Arcadius. Soldiers, under orders from the emperor, dispersed these assemblies and apprehended those who led them. Those arrested were then tortured, and a persecution began of those who were followers of John Chrysostom.
While Arsacius was not personally responsible for the cruelties, his lack of strength of character to oppose the proceedings of his [[clergy]], allowed them to do as they pleased. Yet, Arsacius still took the blame. <ref> Sozomen, (H. E. viii. 23)</ref>
înainte=[[Ioan Gură de Aur]]|
titlu=[[Listă a patriarhilor
Constantinopoluluie|Patriarh al Constantinopolului]]|
după=[[Atticus al Constantinopolului|Atticus]]}}
[[Categorie: Patriarhi ai Constantinopolului]]
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