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The Church in Ancient SocietyFrom Galilee to Gregory the Great$
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Henry Chadwick

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246953

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199246955.001.0001

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John Chrysostom

John Chrysostom

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(p.479) 49 John Chrysostom
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The Church in Ancient Society
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Henry Chadwick

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199246955.003.0050

Discusses the career and reputation of John Chrysostom (c.347–407) and the religious consequences of the political events of his time. John first came to prominence at Antioch through his strict moral teaching, and he became bishop of Constantinople, despite considerable opposition, in 397. Under the emperor Arcadius and his consort Eudoxia, John became involved in court politics and dealings with the barbarian soldiers in Roman service. His sympathy for ascetic admirers of Origen expelled from Egypt to Constantinople provided John's enemies with the opportunity to move against him. On his expulsion over the immediate issue of the erection of a statue of Eudoxia, the church at Constantinople was divided between his supporters and opponents.

Keywords:   Antioch, Arcadius, John Chrysostom, Constantinople, Eudoxia

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