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Angels Of The Spring: Variations On Local Angelos Veneration And Christian Reaction

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This chapter examines the process by which some forms of angelos veneration became acceptable within Christianity, while others were made illicit. The chapter focuses on Anatolia, in particular those regions identified by Theodoret as places where the "disease" of angelos worship was long-lived. The present chapter focuses on the numerous literary, inscriptional, and archaeological sources of evidence for the manner in which angelos became a prominent and accepted feature of Christian worship with the goal of illustrating the process by which angelos veneration found an acceptably Christian form in late antique Anatolia. it discusses the Synod of Laodicea and the construction of shrines dedicated to Michael the Archangel. The existence of shrines and churches dedicated to the Archangel Michael in fifth-century Anatolia does not represent the failure of Laodicea, but their existence demonstrates the result of a policy of prohibiting secretive angelos invocation.

Keywords:angelos invocation; angelos veneration; Christianity; Michael the Archangel; Roman Anatolia; Synod of Laodicea

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