Manuel Opsaras Dishypatos

Manuel Opsaras Dishypatos or Disypatos (Greek: Μανουὴλ Ὀψαρᾶς Δισύπατος) was the metropolitan of Thessalonica between 1258 and 1260/61.[1]

The Freising icon of the Panagia Hagiosoritissa

In 1258, he allegedly prophesied the rise to the imperial throne of Michael VIII Palaiologos (r. 1259–1282), but in 1260 or 1261 he was deposed from his see as a supporter of Patriarch Arsenios Autoreianos, who opposed Michael's sidelining of the legitimate emperor, John IV Laskaris (r. 1258–1261).[1] Dishypatos was banished and remained in exile probably until his death; he was still alive in 1275/76.[1] He may be identical to the deacon and kanstresios who donated an icon of the Panagia Hagiosoritissa held since 1440 in the Freising Cathedral. Dishypatos also composed the 14-verse dedicatory poem inscribed on the icon's silver-gilt revetment.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b c PLP, 5544. Δισύπατος, Μανουὴλ Ὀψαρᾶς.
  2. ^ PLP, 5543. Δισύπατος, Μανουὴλ; 5544. Δισύπατος, Μανουὴλ Ὀψαρᾶς.
  3. ^ ODB, "Dishypatos, Manuel" (A. Cutler), pp. 638–639.


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