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St-Iakonos frequent dispute with the Byzantine Basileus (Emperor) would make him popular among the Gepid, and his patience and kindness would help him to convert the Gepid to the Christ's Faith. For his efforts in Dacia, he would subsequently be named by the pope bishop, then archbishop of Buteridava. Stories said that he died during a Mass as Jesus appeared from Heaven in front of his eyes to take Iakonos with him.
In 602, in hope of avoiding a Gepid rebellion, the Byzantine Basileus influenced the actual Pope to canonize Iakonos as St-Iakonos. Although it was well received in Dacia, it didn't stop the rebellion, which ended with Gepid independence and the foundation of the Gepid Republic.