Drunk Monk
Fictional Character
Agent of Byzantium
POD: c. AD 597
Appearance(s): "Images"
Type of Appearance: Direct unnamed
Nationality: Egyptian citizen of the Roman Empire
Religion: Eastern Orthodox
Date of Birth: 13th century
Occupation: Monk

Arsakios, the Patriarch of Alexandria led a delegation to Constantinople for an ecumenical council to resolve the anti-icon crisis. His party included an large number of Egyptian monks, both for protection and for other duties. He had a group of monks disturb the sleep of the pro-icon archbishop of Thessalonike by chanting and ringing cowbells outside his hostel.

When Basil Argyros investigated, he found several relaxing by a bonfire passing around a jug of wine. He approached them, denounced icons and then asked for a sip of wine. One drunken monk passed him the jug and Argyros started a conversation with him. The monk said that this chanting was the idea of Arsakios' mistress, a beauty whose name he couldn't remember. The monk agreed it was clever of her to keep awake the icon supporters while Arsakios and his bishops slept soundly. As Argyros rose to leave, the monk recalled the name of the mistress was Mirrane.[1]


  1. Agent of Byzantium, 2018 edition, pgs. 213-215.