3. CAMARIOTA (ὁ Καμαριῶτα
), a native of either Constantinople or Thessalonica, was the son of a Greek priest who perished during the capture of Constantinople by the Turks in 1453. Matthaeus, the son, was also present at the capture, but survived the event.
Matthaeus was the tutor of Georgius Scholarius.
It would seem that in 1438 he accompanied John VII. Palaeologus to Italy, and was present at the councils of Ferrara and Florence; and if we can trust Phranza (3.19), he became, after the fall of the Greek capital, patriarch of Constantinople, under the name of Gennadius, but finally abdicated and retired into a convent.
He is praised for his knowledge of philosophy and rhetorical talents.
Fabr. Bibl. Graec.
vol. vi. p. 118, vol. xii. p. 107; Cave, Hist. Liter.
Append. p. 110, ed. Geneva.