Bishop Flavian of Constantinople/Istanbul (d. AD 449)

Flavian was a godly man who served as Constantinople’s bishop for three years, from 446 to 449. In 448, Flavian condemned Eutyches for his Monophysite teaching concerning the person of Jesus Christ. Supporting Eutyches, emperor Theodosius II convened the Ecumenical Church Council of Ephesus in 449. Led by bishop Dioscorus of Alexandria, the council declared Eutyches’ teaching to be orthodox, and Flavian was violently attacked, dying shortly afterwards from his wounds. This council was discredited and became known as the “Gangster Council.”