Theodoret's People: Social Networks and Religious Conflict in Late Roman Syria

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University of California Press, 2011 - History - 342 pages
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"Adam Schor explores the social and doctrinal role of Theodoret in a novel and lively way, making use of social theory, and seeing Theodoret's activities and contacts against the rich documentation provided by the great ecclesiastical controversies of his time."
--Fergus Millar, author of "A Greek Roman Empire: Power and Belief under Theodosius II, 408-450"


"Schor's proposal that modern social network theory is the key to understanding Theodoret of Cyrus's social positioning and mode of controversy makes for compelling reading. His nuanced yet powerful analysis shows the continued relevance of socio-scientific methods for understanding the history of late antique Christianity."
--Richard Lim, author of "Public Disputation, Power and Social Order in Late Antiquity"


"Adam Schor has written a lively and incisive study of a notoriously difficult era. Mining the substantial (but greatly understudied) letter collections of the times, applying the insights of network theory, and boldly taking on the entire corpus of Theodoret's writings--an ambitious project in itself--Schor has produced strikingly fresh material throughout. With rich insight and rigorous attention to detail, Schor opens new vistas on the late antique landscape. Thought-provoking at every turn!"
Susan Ashbrook Harvey, author of "Scenting Salvation: Ancient Christianity and the Olfactory Imagination"


  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part I Theodoret And His Antiochene Clerical Network
17
Theodoret And Late Roman Networks Of Patronage
131
Notes
207

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About the author (2011)

Adam M. Schor is Assistant Professor of History at the University of South Carolina.

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