Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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Nicolas Mysticus
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Nikolaos Mystikos

Date of Birth: 852

Place of Birth: Italy

Date of Death: 15 May 925

Place of Death: Possibly Constantinople


Nicolas was born to a slave-woman in Italy, either on the estate or in the house of Photius, the future patriarch of Constantinople. He studied together with the future Emperor Leo VI, and became a close friend of Photius. After Photius fell from favor and was deposed…

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Vaiou, Maria, “Nicolas Mysticus”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 14 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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