4. CHARITOPULUS (ὁ Χαριτόπουλος
), or SARANTENUS (ὁ Σαραντηνός
), or the PHILOSOPHER, a Greek ecclesiastic of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, acquired a high reputation by his philosophical attainments.
He was appointed patriarch of Constantinople on the death of Maximus II., which occurred in A. D. 1215, and held the patri archate for five years and seven months, dying about the middle of A. D. 1221. Three synodal decrees of a Manuel, patriarch of Constantinople, are given in the Jus Graeco-Romanum
of Leunclavius (lib. iii. p. 238, &c.), who assigns them to Charitopulus, and is followed by Cave and Oudin, who have confounded Charitopulus with another Manuel [No. 7]. Le Quien objects to this judgment of Leunclavius, as not founded on evidence; and with better reason adjudges them to Manuel II. Ephraem of Constantinople celebrates Charitopulus as Φύλαξ ἀκριβὴς καὶ νόμων καὶ κανόνων
, " an exact observer of the laws and canons." (Georg. Acropolit. Annal.
100.19, p. 17, ed. Paris, p. 35, ed. Bonn; Ephraem. de Patriarchis CP.
vs. 10251, ed. Bonn; Anonymus (supposed by some to be Niceph. Callist.), de Patriarchis CPolitanis Carmen Iambicum,
and Patriarchae CPoleos,
apud Labbe, de Histor. Byzant. Scriptorib. Προτρεπτικόν
; Le Quien, Oriens Christianus,
vol. i. col. 278; Cave, Hist. Litt.
ad ann. 1240, vol. ii. p. 297, ed. Oxford, 1740-42; Oudin, Comment. de Scriptorib. et Scriptis Eccles.
vol. iii. col. 177.)