|Agent of Byzantium |
POD: c. AD 597
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Nationality:||Egyptian citizen of the Roman Empire|
|Date of Birth:||13th century|
Sasopis preached at the Forum of Arcadius. A statue of Arcadius had fallen during an earthquake and a surviving arm and hand had been erected beside the pillar it stood on. Sasopis balanced on two man-sided fingertips and lectured a gathered crowd. His conclusion was that icons were a desecration and abomination, a snare of Satan. He demonstrated what should be done with icons by smashing one of Jesus Christ against the pillar.
The crowd was split with some cheering while others shouted "Blasphemy!" The two sides began to brawl which led to vandalism against icons and general looting. The disturbance had to be put down by the excubitores. In the confusion, Sasopis managed to disappear but was later identified by name. He later reappeared as part of a delegation led by Patriarch Arsakios of Alexandria to an ecumenical council.
- Agent of Byzantium, 2018 edition, pgs. 194-195.
- Ibid., pgs. 195-196.
- Ibid., pg. 201.
- Ibid., pg. 210.