Chalcedon in Context

Church Councils 400-700

Edited by Richard Price and Mary Whitby

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ISBN: 9781846314513

Publication: February 1, 2009

Series: Translated Texts for Historians, Contexts 1

This collection of essays has its origin in a conference held at Oxford in 2006 to mark the publication of the first English edition of the Acts of Chalcedon. Its aim is to place Chalcedon in a broader context, and bring out the importance of the acts of the early general councils from the fifth to the seventh century, documents that because of their bulk and relative inaccessibility have received only limited attention till recently. This volume is evidence that this situation is now rapidly changing, as historians of late antiquity as well as specialists in the history of the Christian Church discover the richness of this material for the exploration of common concerns and tensions across the provinces of the Later Roman Empire, language use, networks of influence and cultural exchange, and political manipulation at many different levels of society. The extent to which the acts were instruments of propaganda and should not be read as a pure verbatim record of proceedings is brought out in a number of the essays, which illustrate the fascinating literary problems raised by these texts.

Mary Whitby is Instructor in Greek and Latin in the University of Oxford and Lecturer in Ancient Greek at Merton College, Oxford. She is a General Editor of the Translated Texts for Historians series.

Richard Price is head of the History of Christianity subject group at Heythrop College, University of London. His previous publications include Theodoret, History of the Monks of Syria: A Translation and Commentary, and Augustine.

Abbreviations List of Contributors Introduction - Averil Cameron The Council of Chalcedon and the Definition of Christian Tradition - David M. Gwynn ‘Reading’ the First Council of Ephesus (431) - Thomas Graumann The Syriac Acts of the Second Council of Ephesus (449) - Fergus Millar The Council of Chalcedon (451): A Narrative - Richard Price Truth, Omission, and Fiction in the Acts of Chalcedon - Richard Price Why Did the Syrians reject the Council of Chalcedon? - Andrew Louth The Second Council of Constantinople (553) and the Malleable Past - Richard Price The Lateran Council of 649 as an Ecumenical Council - Catherine Cubitt The Quinisext Council (692) as a Continuation of Chalcedon - Judith Herrin Acclamations at the Council of Chalcedon - Charlotte Roueché An Unholy Crew? Bishops Behaving Badly at Church Councils - Michael Whitby Index

Format: Ebook

ISBN: 9781846314513

Publication: February 1, 2009

Series: Translated Texts for Historians, Contexts 1

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