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Other Writings From The Year 430

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This chapter is devoted to the Cyril of Alexandria's christological writings from the year 430. First, it discusses the three treatises which he sent to the imperial court: to the emperor (Oratio ad Theodosium), to the emperor's wife Eudocia and his elder sister Pulcheria (Oratio ad augustas), and to his two younger sisters (Oratio ad dominas). Then, it presents his letter to pope Celestine of Rome and several other letters. And finally, the chapter discusses his Third Letter to Nestorius with the twelve anathemas. It is especially the anathemas which evoked widespread criticism in the Antiochene diocese, and which forced the Alexandrian archbishop into the defence. In the writings from the years up to and including 430, then, we are likely to find his own christological language-rather than terminology which he might have conceded to the Orientals.

Keywords: Antiochene diocese; christological writings; Cyril of Alexandria; Festal Letter; Nestorius; Oratio ad augustas; Oratio ad dominas; Oratio ad Theodosium; twelve anathemas



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