|Ambrosios of Moschonisia
|Metropolitan of Moschonisia|
|Church||Greek Orthodox Church|
|In office||February – September 1922|
Smyrna, Ottoman Empire
Moschonisia, Ottoman Empire
Ambrosios Pleiathidis (Greek: Αμβρόσιος Πλειανθίδης, 1872–1922) also known as Ambrosios of Moschonisia was the Greek Orthodox metropolitan bishop of Moschonisia, in modern Turkey, from February to September 1922. He was executed by the Turkish Army at the end of the Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922).
Ambrosios was born in Smyrna (modern Izmir), Ottoman Empire, at 1872. He graduated from the Evangelical School of his home town at 1893. After his graduation Ambrosios became an archdeacon in the nearby metropolis of Heliopolis and Thyateira, based in Aydin. He continued his studies and in 1895 he attented the Theolodigal Academy of Kiev and then he became a priest in the Greek community of Feodosiya in Crimea. In 1910 Ambrosios returned to Smyrna, where he preached in the local metropolis, under metropolitan Chrysostomos.
From 1919 Ambrosios is found in Cunda island, part of a small island cluster off western Anatolian coast, which at that time was part of the Greek controlled Smyrna Occupation Zone. In February 19, 1922, he became metropolitan bishop of the newly created local metropolis of Moschonisia, based in Cunda. Following the developments of the Greco-Turkish War and the subsequent Greek defeat, the region his metropolis came under the Turkish Nationalist Army. Most of the local population did not follow the retreating Greek Army. On the other hand, the Turkish troops arrested the remaining civilian population and sent them to labor battalions in the interior of Anatolia, the majority of them were executed, in September 15, 1922. Among these people was Ambrosios, who was buried alive after being tortured.
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