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The Development Of A Chalcedonian Identity In Byzantium (451–553)

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The Byzantine Church adopted a Chalcedonian identity only slowly. At first the majority even of Chalcedonians played down the significance of the council, claiming that it did little more than repeat the teaching of the Nicene Creed. The question that is addressed in this paper is how, and at what pace, a Chalcedonian identity developed in the imperial Church between 451 and 553. At the beginning of this paper the author sets out how the Codex Encyclius provides striking evidence that even after Chalcedon a Nicene fundamentalism continued to prevail. In conclusion the author touches on Chalcedon's importance, or lack of importance, in the self-identity of later Byzantium.

Keywords: Byzantine Church; Chalcedonian Identity; Codex Encyclius



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