Whilst a young man, he came into an inheritance and was forced to take a bride. They came to a mutual decision of chastity and she then ran off to become a nun.
He built two monasteries at Mysia — one for himself as abbot. This did not stop him from thriving on misery and he wore a hair shirt and used a stone for a pillow. By persevering he managed to become afflicted with nephitic colic as well.
When the Emperor Leo started abolishing the use of holy images, St THEOPHANES was in his element defending them. He managed to get himself scourged and thrown into a filthy jail for two years.
On his release he was banished to the Isle of Samothracia where he managed to write a short history known — but not widely known — as the Chronographia. His work complete, he then allowed himself the luxury of expiring.