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2: The Textual Environment And The Sources Of The Letter Of Love And Concord

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The Letter of Love and Concord is based on a very ancient Armenian tradition about the voyage of King Trdat and Catholicos Gregory the Illuminator to Rome and their alliance with the Roman Empire. This chapter explores and identifies the sources used by the author of TD and suggests a date for its composition. The chapter is organised according to themes elaborated upon in TD, such as its political agenda, its ecclesiological aspects, the tradition of the voyage to Rome. Many Armenian sources speak about an ancient alliance between Romans and Armenians in general, and between Constantine and Trdat in particular. TD always mentions the two apostles or their relics together. Thus, when all bishops come together to ordain St.Gregory, they go to the niche of saints Peter, the pretor, and Paul, the successor of Christ. An element to be considered when dating TD is its position on ecclesiology.

Keywords: Armenians; Constantine; ecclesiology; King Trdat; Letter of Love and Concord; Rome



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