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La route royale : Sévère d'Antioche et les Églises d'Orient (512-518)

Abstract : Armed with the trust of Anastasius I, Severus the monk, a brilliant anti-Chalcedonian and Cyrillian polemicist of strict observance, became Patriarch of Antioch in 512, and remained in this apostolic seat until the death of the emperor (518). Within the formal context of the Henoticon, he intended to ensure hostility to the dogma of the tow natures of Christ, by rallying all the Eastern bishops around himself, in accord with the Patriarchs of Alexandria and Constantinople. The constitution of this «Severan communion» gives us information on the institutional functioning of the Patriarchate of Antioch at the beginning of the 6th century, on the principal organs of its goverment, and on the juridical and social condition of prelates and monks. At the same time, Severus' cathedral homilies document the liturgy in use at Antioch, as well as its evolution, the religious topography of the city, and urban society and its daily life; this, moreover, gives us a glimpse of the spiritual and moral limits that Christianity still encountered there. The same holds true for the entire Oriental diocese, where the Patriarch's correspondance and various parallel sources attest pagan resistances, the continuing need for evangelization, religious dissidence — in particular, Jewish and Manichaean — and highly localized dogmatic oppositions. Sometimes violent, these announce the political reversal that was to be concretized by the coming to power of Justin I, the fall of Severus, and the fall of the Henoticon.
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Frédéric Alpi. La route royale : Sévère d'Antioche et les Églises d'Orient (512-518). Institut français du Proche-Orient. Presses de l'Institut français du Proche-Orient, pp.2 (VIII-360-176), 2009, Bibliothèque archéologique et historique, Marc Griesheimer. ⟨halshs-00458692⟩



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