By abandoning old Rome and moving to the
Greek East, Constantine indicated that the future of the Empire lay in the East.
The Byzantine Greeks almost ignored the developments in the Western Church,
where the bishop of Rome was the sole patriarch. True, the Eastern Church
acknowledged and honored the bishop of the old capital as the first among equals
(primus inter pares) in honor, but she did not consider him Pontifex Maximus
(chief bishop) or vicar of Christ on earth. ...
From: Constantelos, Greek Orthodoxy - From Apostolic Times to the Present Day
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