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Theodoret's people [electronic resource] : social networks and religious conflict in late Roman Syria /
Adam M. Schor.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011.
description
xv, 342 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
9780520268623 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011.
isbn
9780520268623 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8414937
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 207-323) and index.
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"Adam Schor explores the social and doctrinal role of Theodoret in a novel and lively way, making use of social theory, and seeing Theodoret's activities and contacts against the rich documentation provided by the great ecclesiastical controversies of his time." Fergus Millar, author of A Greek Roman Empire: Power and Belief under Theodosius II, 408-450
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"Adam Schor explores the social and doctrinal role of Theodoret in a novel and lively way, making use of social theory, and seeing Theodoret's activities and contacts against the rich documentation provided by the great ecclesiastical controversies of his time." --Fergus Millar, author of A Greek Roman Empire: Power and Belief under Theodosius II, 408-450 "Schor's proposal that modern social network theory is the key to understanding Theodoret of Cyrus's social positioning and mode of controversy makes for compelling reading. His nuanced yet powerful analysis shows the continued relevance of socio-scientific methods for understanding the history of late antique Christianity." --Richard Lim, author of Public Disputation, Power and Social Order in Late Antiquity
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"Adam Schor explores the social and doctrinal role of Theodoret in a novel and lively way, making use of social theory, and seeing Theodoret's activities and contacts against the rich documentation provided by the great ecclesiastical controversies of his time." --Fergus Millar, author of A Greek Roman Empire: Power and Belief under Theodosius II, 408-450 "Schor's proposal that modern social network theory is the key to understanding Theodoret of Cyrus's social positioning and mode of controversy makes for compelling reading. His nuanced yet powerful analysis shows the continued relevance of socio-scientific methods for understanding the history of late antique Christianity." --Richard Lim, author of Public Disputation, Power and Social Order in Late Antiquity "Adam Schor has written a lively and incisive study of a notoriously difficult era. Mining the substantial (but greatly understudied) letter collections of the times, applying the insights of network theory, and boldly taking on the entire corpus of Theodoret's writings--an ambitious project in itself--Schor has produced strikingly fresh material throughout. With rich insight and rigorous attention to detail, Schor opens new vistas on the late antique landscape. Thought-provoking at every turn!" Susan Ashbrook Harvey, author of Scenting Salvation: Ancient Christianity and the Olfactory Imagination
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"A pleasure to read. . . . A valuable contribution to scholarship."-- Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies
"A pleasure to read. . . . A valuable contribution to scholarship."-- Hugoye: Jrnl of Syriac Studies
"Makes a major contribution to our understanding of late-antique Roman society."
"Makes a major contribution to our understanding of late-antique Roman society."-- Catholic Historical Review
"A pleasure to read. . . . A valuable contribution to scholarship."
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This title sheds light on religious clashes of the mid-fifth century regarding the nature (or natures) of Christ. Schor examines council transcripts, correspondence, and other records of communication.
Main Description
Theodoret's Peoplesheds new light on religious clashes of the mid-fifth century regarding the nature (or natures) of Christ. Adam M. Schor focuses on Theodoret, bishop of Cyrrhus, his Syrian allies, and his opponents, led by Alexandrian bishops Cyril and Dioscorus. Although both sets of clerics adhered to the Nicene creed, their contrasting theological statements led to hostilities, violence, and the permanent fracturing of the Christian community. Schor closely examines council transcripts, correspondence, and other records of communication. Using social network theory, he argues that Theodoret's doctrinal coalition was actually a meaningful community, bound by symbolic words and traditions, riven with internal rivalries, and embedded in a wider world of elite friendship and patronage.
Main Description
Theodoret's People sheds new light on religious clashes of the mid-fifth century regarding the nature (or natures) of Christ. Adam M. Schor focuses on Theodoret, bishop of Cyrrhus, his Syrian allies, and his opponents, led by Alexandrian bishops Cyril and Dioscorus. Although both sets of clerics adhered to the Nicene creed, their contrasting theological statements led to hostilities, violence, and the permanent fracturing of the Christian community. Schor closely examines council transcripts, correspondence, and other records of communication. Using social network theory, he argues that Theodoret's doctrinal coalition was actually a meaningful community, bound by symbolic words and traditions, riven with internal rivalries, and embedded in a wider world of elite friendship and patronage.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
Theodoret and His Antiochene Clerical Network
Traces of a Network: Friendship, Doctrine, and Clerical Communication, 423-451
Shape of a Network: Antiochene Relational Patterns
Roots of a Network: Theodoret on the Antiochene Clerical Heritage
Ephesus and After: Leadership, Doctrinal Crisis and the Transformation of the Antiochene Network
Forging Community: Theodoret's Network and its Fall
Theodoret and Late Roman Networks of Patronage
Mediating Bishops: Patronage Roles and Relations in the Fifth Century
The Irreplaceable Theodoret: Patronage Performance and Social Strategy
Patronage, Human and Divine: The Social Dynamics of Theodoret's Christology
Epilogue: The Council of Chalcedon and the Antiochene Legacy
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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