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Marcellus of Ancyra and the Lost Years of the Arian Controversy 325-345$
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Sara Parvis

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199280131

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199280134.001.0001

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From the Exiles' Return to the Dedication Synod of Antioch

From the Exiles' Return to the Dedication Synod of Antioch

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(p.134) 4 From the Exiles' Return to the Dedication Synod of Antioch
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Marcellus of Ancyra and the Lost Years of the Arian Controversy 325-345
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Gillian Clark, Andrew Louth

Sara Parvis (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199280134.003.0005

This chapter examines the complex events of 337-341, arguing that the returning exiles were probably not re-deposed on the basis of new synods, but of the earlier ones. The Dedication Synod of 341 was, if not the voice of the ‘moderate majority’ of Eastern bishops, at least a breath of fresh air on the Eastern ecclesiastical scene, allowing new voices to be heard such as that of Basil of Ancyra. The synod’s creeds and its reply to the letter of Julius of Rome are examined and given a context. It is argued that the synod found its unity in condemning the theology of Marcellus of Ancyra, lampooned in a speech by Acacius of Caesarea, though on somewhat different grounds from those on which Marcellus had originally been deposed.

Keywords:   Dedication Synod, Basil of Ancyra, creeds, Julius of Rome, Acacius of Caesarea

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