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

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

Hardback Transformation of the Classical Heritage

By (author) Adam M. Schor

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Hardback | 360 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 231mm x 30mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520268628
  • ISBN 13: 9780520268623
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Illustrations note: 20 line illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,570,904

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"Theodoret's People" sheds new light on religious clashes of the mid-fifth century regarding the nature (or natures) of Christ. Adam M. Schor focuses on Theodoret, bishop of Cyrrhus, his Syrian allies, and his opponents, led by Alexandrian bishops Cyril and Dioscorus. Although both sets of clerics adhered to the Nicene creed, their contrasting theological statements led to hostilities, violence, and the permanent fracturing of the Christian community. Schor closely examines council transcripts, correspondence, and other records of communication. Using social network theory, he argues that Theodoret's doctrinal coalition was actually a meaningful community, bound by symbolic words and traditions, riven with internal rivalries, and embedded in a wider world of elite friendship and patronage.

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

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"Makes a major contribution to our understanding of late-antique Roman society." Catholic Historical Review 20120724 "A pleasure to read... A valuable contribution to scholarship." Hugoye: Journal Of Syriac Studies

Table of contents

List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction Part I. Theodoret and His Antiochene Clerical Network 1. Traces of a Network: Friendship, Doctrine, and Clerical Communication, 423 451 2. Shape of a Network: Antiochene Relational Patterns 3. Roots of a Network: Theodoret on the Antiochene Clerical Heritage 4. Ephesus and After: Leadership, Doctrinal Crisis and the Transformation of the Antiochene Network 5. Forging Community: Theodoret's Network and its Fall Part II. Theodoret and Late Roman Networks of Patronage 6. Mediating Bishops: Patronage Roles and Relations in the Fifth Century 7. The Irreplaceable Theodoret: Patronage Performance and Social Strategy 8. Patronage, Human and Divine: The Social Dynamics of Theodoret's Christology Epilogue: The Council of Chalcedon and the Antiochene Legacy Notes Bibliography Index