Surnamed Niciota, saint and thirtieth patriarch of the See of Saint Mark (503-515). He was a relative of JOHN I, and formerly a hermit and monk of the ENATON monastery. He took a stronger line than his predecessor in expecting an anathema on CHALCEDON from those with whom he was in communion, although he was not successful in securing this decree from Constantinople, whose patriarch, Timothy, took one line at home and another through his representatives at Alexandria.
John’s tolerance of this double standard annoyed SEVERUS OF ANTIOCH, with whom he exchanged letters in 512. In a riot at Alexandria, John II’s house was burned by the soldiers, and the people retaliated on the house of one of his suspected enemies. Perhaps in reparation, the citizens erected a statue of the emperor.
- Frend, W. H. C. The Rise of the Monophysite Movement. Cambridge, 1972.