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This is the introductory chapter of the book, which shows how the Panoplia Dogmatike continued to be read long after the twelfth century and was used in ways that went beyond the expectations of Emperor Alexios I and his theologians. Panoplia Dogmatike, commissioned at the personal behest of Emperor Alexios I Komnenos (1081-1118), was created by the redoubtable Constantinopolitan theologian Euthymios Zygadenos. This anthology-as "a double-edged sword" contains texts from the Church Fathers and refutes in chronological order the important heresies from early Christian times until the heretical movements of the twelfth century. The Panoplia continued to be read for centuries within the confines of the Oikoumene as a key source of Orthodox theology. The qualities of the Panoplia are also appreciated among the scientists in the Byzantine field. The Panoplia was used in the preparation of critical editions.

Keywords: Byzantine field; Emperor Alexios I; Euthymios Zygadenos; Oikoumene; Orthodox theology; Panoplia Dogmatike



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