There Was An Egyptian In Constantinople…

iu…during the reign of Theodosius II who lived in a small cell.  One day the emperor took a stroll and leaving his entourage behind came to the monk by himself.  Removing his crown the king knocked on the door of the cell.  Opening the door the man recognized the monarch but did not let on that he did and so welcomed him as an ordinary person.  The emperor inquired about the state of the anchorites in Egypt and examined the tiny room, in which he found only a small basket of dried bread.  Dipping the bread in water and adding a bit of oil and salt the man gave it to his royal guest along with some water to drink.  Then the king said, I am Theodosius and blessed are you that you see through the scam of the world.  I was born to kingship and prior to this day I have never been satisfied with bread and water, but this pleases me greatly.  And the emperor praised the monk exceedingly.  And as soon as the king left the monk deserted his cell and fled to the desert of Egypt with all the speed that he could make.

The Paradise of the Holy Fathers, Budge (trans.)