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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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Innocent I and John Chrysostom's Honour: Alaric and the Fall of Rome

Innocent I and John Chrysostom's Honour: Alaric and the Fall of Rome

(p.499) 50 Innocent I and John Chrysostom's Honour: Alaric and the Fall of Rome
The Church in Ancient Society

Henry Chadwick

Oxford University Press

Controversy about the excommunication of John Chrysostom affected relations between east and west, as pope Innocent I (401–17) defended John's reputation and gradually gained some support in the east. John's deposition did not, as his opponents had wished, diminish the status of Constantinople or ‘New Rome’ in the eastern churches. Innocent's correspondence with the east covered other matters, including the Roman liturgy and Pelagianism. Innocent's time in office was also troubled by barbarian invasions of Gaul and Italy. Alaric's sack of Rome in 410 provoked agonizing questions for Christians about divine providence and provided the occasion for Augustine to begin work on his City of God.

Keywords:   barbarian invasions, John Chrysostom, Constantinople, Innocent I, papacy, Rome

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