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Orthodox And Heretic In The Early Byzantine Cult(S) Of Saints Cosmas And Damian

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The historian of the Constantinopolitan cult of saints Cosmas and Damian is immediately confronted by a veritable maelstrom of competing origins, shrines, and saints. In 1907, Ludwig Deubner edited and published forty-eight miracles of the saints, proposing six separate authors, of whom only the last can be identified. This paper assumes that the first three collections of Deubner's Miracles were originally produced by devotees of the saints in sixth-century Constantinople, and argues, furthermore, that such activity coincided with the promotion of the cult by Justinian and by Justin II. This paper contends that Christian shrines were frequented by Christians of various degrees of doctrinal inclination or conviction. This paper argues symbols of saints' iconography were apposite to imperial ambitions not only for their local or imperial associations, but also for their inherent, doctrinal imprecision.

Keywords: Christian shrines; Ludwig Deubner; Saint Cosmas; Saint Damian



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