Chalcedon in Context

BookChalcedon in Context

Chalcedon in Context

Church Councils 400-700

Translated Texts for Historians, Contexts, 1


February 1st, 2009

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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.

About The Author

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. 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.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Table of Contents5
List of Contributors8
The Council of Chalcedon and the Definition of Christian Tradition15
‘Reading’ the First Council of Ephesus (431)35
The Syriac Acts of the Second Council of Ephesus (449)53
The Council of Chalcedon (451): A Narrative78
Truth, Omission, and Fiction in the Acts of Chalcedon100
Why Did the Syrians reject the Council of Chalcedon?115
The Second Council of Constantinople (553) and the Malleable Past125
The Lateran Council of 649 as an Ecumenical Council141
The Quinisext Council (692) as a Continuation of Chalcedon156
Acclamations at the Council of Chalcedon177
An Unholy Crew? Bishops Behaving Badly at Church Councils186