Emperor from 717-741. He launched an attach against the Eastern church’s use of icons. It was only after successfully repulsing the Muslim armies in their second major attack on Constantinople (717-718) that Leo openly declared his opposition to icons for the first time. An angry mob murdered the official who was sent to replace the con of Christ with a cross over the Bronze Gate. Whole sections of the empire rebelled vigorously. Leo eventually secured the retirement of the Partiarch of Constantinople and the consecration of a new one who favored his own views.
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