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Chpater Three - Edessa And Constantinople

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Two interesting stories about the Image of Edessa are told by Theophylact Simocatta, who wrote in the early seventh century about what had happened during the twenty-year reign of the emperor Maurice. After the Muslim conquest of Edessa, the Image of Edessa was unique in that it was the only significant icon that had not been taken to Constantinople, and in fact was now in a small provincial city that was outside the Byzantine Empire. Towards the middle of the tenth century, the aging emperor Romanus Lecapenus decided that it was time for the Image of Edessa to be taken to the capital, the queen of cities, Constantinople. Once in Constantinople, the Image took its place amidst uncountable relics of the life and passion of Christ, and those related to his mother and disciples.

Keywords: Christ; Constantinople; Image of Edessa; Romanus Lecapenus; Theophylact Simocatta



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