Stephen the Younger

   Iconodule (q.v.) saint martyred in 764 during the reign of Constantine V (q.v.). Stephen was a leader of monastic opposition to the emperor's Iconoclastic (qq.v.) policy, and his refusal to accept the decrees of the synod of Hiera (754) resulted in his imprisonment and torture, finally in his execution. Stephen's vita (q.v.), written some years later (ca. 806) by Stephen the Deacon, is replete with interesting details, including the comment that the famous Church of the Virgin at Blachernai (q.v.) was covered with new paintings, making it resemble a fruit store and aviary.

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