The Metochites family
he name of the Metochites family comes from the word metochion (meaning a small, dependent monastery). Among the members of the family who were involved in the ecclesiastical and political administration, the one who particularly stands out is Theodore Metochites (1270-1332). He is a typical example of a man who rose to a high position in the social and political hierarchy, not because of his origins but mainly because of his personal abilities and his fine education.
Metochites grew up in Constantinople in a cultured and refined environment, but his family was later exiled to Asia Minor, since his father, George, had declared himself in favour of union with the Latin Church, which meant that, in essence, his family were oppponents of the Emperor. However, Metochites attracted the attention of
Metochites was a scholar, one of the most important writers of Byzantium, and a patron of the arts. He was responsible for the restoration work carried out between 1316 and 1321 on the