The Acts of the Council of Chalcedon, Volume 1

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Richard Price, Michael Gaddis
Liverpool University Press, Jan 1, 2005 - Religion - 720 pages
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The Council of Chalcedon in 451 was a defining moment in the Christological controversies that tore apart the churches of the Eastern Roman Empire in the fifth and sixth centuries. Theological division, political rivalry and sectarian violence combined to produce what ultimately became separate Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian churches, a schism that persists to this day.  Whether seen as a milestone in the development of orthodox doctrine or as a divisive and misguided cause of schism, Chalcedon is chiefly remembered for its Definition of Faith, a classic expression of Christian belief in Christ as both God and man. The council also dealt with other contentious issues relating to individuals and to the rights of various sees; its famous Canon 28 was crucial in the development of the patriarchate of Constantinople. Little attention, however, has been devoted to the process by which these results were reached, the day-by-day deliberations of the council as revealed in its Acts. These are particularly illuminating for the politics of the late antique church and its relations with the civil power, and contain moments of high drama.  This edition, based on both the Greek and Latin versions of the Acts, is the first translation in a modern western language, and the first annotated edition. In addition to the minutes, it includes a selection of the attendant documentation, relating to imperial policy and the stance of the papacy.
  

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Contents

SESSION XVI 1 November
67
DOCUMENTS BEFORE THE COUNCIL
86
SESSION I 8 October 451
111
SESSION ON CAROSUS AND DOROTHEUS 20 October
164
VOLUME
375
Abbreviations ix
381
SESSION II 10 October 451 1
1
SESSION III 13 October 29
29
SESSION X 27 October 265
265
SESSION ON DOMNUS 27 October 310
310
VOLUME THREE
325
Abbreviations ix
331
SESSION XI 29 October 451 1
1
Bassianus and Stephen of Ephesus
18
SESSION XIV 31 October 34
34
SESSION XV 31 October 62
62

CANONS 127 92
92
SESSION IV 17 October 117
117
SESSION ON CAROSUS AND DOROTHEUS 20 October 164
164
SESSION ON PHOTIUS AND EUSTATHIUS 20 October 169
169
SESSION V 22 October 183
183
SESSION VI 25 October 206
206
SESSION VII 26 October 244
244
SESSION VIII 26 October 250
250
SESSION IX 26 October 258
258
CANONS 127 92
73
DOCUMENTS AFTER THE COUNCIL 104
104
APPENDICES
157
Attendance and Ecumenicity 193
193
GLOSSARY 204
204
BIBLIOGRAPHY 213
213
The Balkans 230
230
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Michael Gaddis is assistant professor of History at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. 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.

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