Chalcedon in Context

Church Councils 400-700

Edited by Richard Price and Mary Whitby

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ISBN: 9781846316487

Publication: March 1, 2011

Series: Translated Texts for Historians, Contexts 1

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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 Professor of the History of Christianity, Heythrop College, University of London. His many previous publications include The Acts of the Council of Chalcedon, The Acts of the Lateran Synod of 649 and The Acts of the Council of Constantinople of 553.

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

Reprint in paperback of an important collection of essays first published in 2009.
  Vigiliae Christianae 65/4

This first volume sets a high standard for subsequent instalments in the Translated Texts in Context series, and it will find a wide and enthusiastic readership among all students of the late antique church councils.
  The Classical Review

This volume is obviously for the specialist, yet a requirement for every library. With regard to thoroughness and overall attention, there is no equivalent to this collection available in English: each essay, followed by a comprehensive bibliography, offers yet one more illustration of how Chalcedon continues to speak to all of Christ's Church.
  Volume 61/2
Journal of Ecclesiastical History

Chalcedon in context is a fine companion to the recently translated Acts, a careful exploration of the complexity of council records as historical sources, and a fitting beginning for a well-conceived new series.
  Medium Ævum, Vol. LXXVIII

Format: Paperback

Size: 210 × 147 mm

256 Pages

ISBN: 9781846316487

Publication: March 1, 2011

Series: Translated Texts for Historians, Contexts 1

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