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‘We have no king but Christ’: Christian Political Thought in Greater Syria on the Eve of the Arab Conquest (c.400-585)

Philip Wood


This book examines the effects of Christianization upon regional identity and political thought in the eastern Mediterranean in the fifth and sixth centuries. Itfocuses on the centrifugal effects of foundation myths, especially within the Syriac‐speaking world. These myths produced a sense of cultural independence, peculiar to Syria and Mesopotamia, and this in turn provided the basis for a more radical challenge to the Roman emperor, during the turbulent Christological controversies of the sixth century. The book begins by examining how bishops and emperors could use Christianity to manage an ... More

Keywords: Edessa, Syriac, Mesopotamia, Hagiography, Foundation myth, Missionary, Orthodoxy, Christology, Miaphysite

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199588497
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588497.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Wood, author
British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Oxford
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