By Evagrius Scholasticus, Michael Whitby

The Ecclesiastical historical past of Evagrius narrates the heritage of the church from the beginning of the Nestorian controversy in 428 till the loss of life of Evagrius’ supplier, Patriarch Gregory of Antioch Gregory in 592. it truly is our greatest non-stop account of those ecclesiastical occasions and offers an incredible narrative of disputes in the church within the 5th century, along with tremendous quotations from correct modern records, a few of them distinct.

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55 See Whitby and Whitby, Chronicon xviii, 80 n. 262. INTRODUCTION xxxv life; and the providential history of the Christian empire (see below, ‘Evagrius as historian’). Ecclesiastical matters take precedence. 56 Nestorius wished to exclude the notion that the divinity had su¡ered in the person of Christ, but chose to present his argument through the formula that the God in Christ did not su¡er; he also objected to the increasingly popular title for the Virgin Mary of Theotokos, Mother of God. His arguments, which were interpreted by opponents as denying the unity of Christ, led to contentious and often violent discussions at First and Second Ephesus (the Councils of 431 and 449) and then Chalcedon (451).

Herrin, Formation 185, describes Gregory as an unworthy representative of imperial authority, but this is to accept uncritically the Monophysite presentation of his troubles. The reputation and popularity of Anastasius must have posed continuing problems, but despite this Gregory proved his worth during the eastern mutiny and the exile of Khusro II. In more general terms Kennedy and Liebeschuetz, ‘Antioch’ 78^81, assert that the patriarch’s authority was reduced over a great part of his see, with a split between the metropolitan city and the immediately surrounding territory.

Xxxviii EVAGRIUS confesses the other. The gap is small, but as Evagrius despondently concludes, mankind is su⁄ciently stubborn to refuse to accept this fact, and to scorn every form of death rather than move to approval of the reality. Evagrius’ approach This conciliatory attitude shaped Evagrius’ presentation of the Church Councils which had de¢ned the issues under debate, and of the emperors who enforced or adapted these decisions. 3^6), is treated in such a way as to be favourable towards both Cyril of Alexandria and John of Antioch.

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