The Role of the Bishop in Late Antiquity Conflict and Compromise

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  • Copyright: 2013-04-11
  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Pr

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Late Antiquity witnessed a major transformation in the authority and power of the Episcopate within the Church, with the result that bishops came to embody the essence of Christianity and increasingly overshadowed the leading Christian laity. The rise of Episcopal power came in a period in which drastic political changes produced long and significant conflicts both within and outside the Church. This book examines these problems in depth, looking at bishops' varied roles in both causing and resolving these disputes, including those internal to the church, those which began within the church but had major effects on wider society, and those of a secular nature.

Author Biography

Andrew Fear is Lecturer in Classics, University of Manchester, UK. José Fernández Ubiña is Professor of Ancient History, University of Granada, Spain. Mar Marcos is Senior Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Cantabria, Spain.

Table of Contents

Introduction Pacifiers and Instigators: Bishops in Interreligious Conflicts in Late AntiquityMaijastina Kahlos (Finnish Academy, Finland)Preaching and Mesmerizing. Christian Rhetorical Delivery and the Resolution of Conflicts Alberto Quiroga Puertas (Universidad de Granada, Spain)'Holy Bishops': Strategies of Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution Purificación Ubric Rabaneda (Universidad de Granada, Spain)Councils as Political and Ecclesiastical Conflicts in Late Antiquity: the Role of Bishops Silvia Acerbi (Universidad de Cantabria, Spain)Controversy and Debate over Sexual Matters among Western ChurchesTeresa Sardella (Università di Catania, Italy)The Donatist Conflict as Seen by Constantine and the Bishops José Fernández Ubiña (Universidad de Granada, Spain)Ius et religio: The Conference of Carthage and the End of the Donatist SchismCarlos García Mac Gaw (Universidad de La Plata, Argentina) Arians and Nicenes in Conflict: Gregory of Nazianzus in Constantinople Ramón Teja y Juana Torres (Universidad de Cantabria, Spain) Bishops, Judges and Emperors: CTh 16, 2, 31, CTh 16, 5, 46 and Sirm. 14 (409).Victoria Escribano Paño (Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain)Papal Authority, Local Autonomy and Imperial Control: Pope Zosimus and the Western ChurchesMar Marcos (Universidad de Cantabria, Spain) East and West, Emperor and Bishop: Hormisdas and the Authority of the See of Rome.Alexander Evers (Loyola University Chicago, John Felice Rome Center)Bishops, Imperialism, and the Barbaricum Andrew Fear (University of Manchester, UK)The Bishops and the Byzantine Intervention in HispaniaFrancisco Salvador Ventura (Universidad de Granada, Spain)Conflict and Compromise: the Spanish Catholic Bishops and the Arian Kingdom of Toledo (from Vouillé to Leovigild)Pedro Castillo Maldonado (Universidad de Jaén, Spain)Index

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