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Les élections épiscopales en Orient sous Sévère d'Antioche (512-518)

Abstract : The correspondance of Severus, patriarch of Antioch between 512 and 518, sheds light on episcopal appointments in the Eastern diocese between 512 and 518. In Syria I, he thus masterfully prepared the episcopal election on the see of Anasartha, being himself in the positi-on of the metropolitan bishop, and his intervention shows up a legislation issued by Anastasius, some 15 or 20 years before similar regulations were to be inacted by Justinian (Corpus iuris ciuilis and Nouellae). Severus required from Solon of Seleucia to follow strictly these regulations in Isauria too. In Phoenicia I ou Cilicia II, the patriarch proved himself very careful also to keep to these in Antarados and Rhosos, though they did not come under his direct jurisdiction, while ambitioning to control the two sees with the approval of the Emperor, even to the cost of enfringing the met-ropolitan authority of Tyrus and Anazarbus. On the metropolitan see of Apamea, in Syria II, a difficult succession shows the limits and the jammings in the way episcopal elections might proceed on a provincial level. Besides, not only the christological conflict in process determined the recipients'choice, but also local and regional considerations played an active role. In these episcopal elections, the politics of notables not only had an institutional basis but also proved often to be decisive and might benefit from the position and the pressures of provincial Syrians having succeeded in an administrative or official career (the most famous example being Marinus of Apamea).
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Frédéric Alpi. Les élections épiscopales en Orient sous Sévère d'Antioche (512-518). Episcopal elections in Late Antiquity, Oct 2009, Louvain, Belgique. pp.307-314. ⟨halshs-00659983⟩



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