SAINT PHOTIUS, THE PATRIARCH OF CONSTANTINOPLE
BIRTH, CHILDHOOD AND HIS ASCENSION TO THE IMPERIAL COURT
The present article provides information about the life of Photius the Patriarch before his enthronement, as well as a sketch of the life in the byzantine society, the political and religious framework at the moment of Photius"™s ascension. The first part of the article presents more opinions about Photius"™s date of birth. Many researchers express their opinions concerning his date of birth, starting with the years 810 until 827. Then the article outlines the problem of Photius"™s family origin and his childhood. Furthermore, it brings about the issue of Photius"™s education. It presents his ascension to the imperial court, as well as the fact that the byzantine society was divided into two parties of the hardliners and of the liberals. The last part of the article presents the political and religious framework before Photius"™s enthronement as a patriarch.