Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Violence in the Early Years of Cyril of Alexandria’s Episcopate

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

The author discusses the violence in the early years of Cyril of Alexandria's episcopate. Cyril, the archbishop of Alexandria from 412 till his death in 444, has been described as a saint by some and as a villain by others. The turbulent beginning of his tenure as bishop is partly responsible for negative assessments, but, his attitude and actions during the Nestorian controversy have largely contributed to his reputation, not just positively, but also negatively. The monks of Egypt, who actively supported their bishop during his first years, also played a role at the council of Ephesus in 431, and Cyril is infamous for the scale of the bribes he sent to the imperial court immediately following that council. The film Agora, on the philosopher Hypatia, suggests that Cyril resorted to violent means to extend the powerbase of the church.

Keywords: Alexandria; council of Ephesus; Cyril; Egypt; Hypatia



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Violence in Ancient Christianity — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation