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East and West: The Making of a Rift in the ChurchFrom Apostolic Times until the Council of Florence$
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Henry Chadwick

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199264575

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264575.001.0001

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Constantinople’s Growing Power: Socrates the Historian

Constantinople’s Growing Power: Socrates the Historian

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East and West: The Making of a Rift in the Church

Henry Chadwick

Oxford University Press

Written a few years before Theodisius II's death, a notable church history in continuation of Eusibius was compiled by Socrates of Constantinople. This chapter focuses on his work, where his motive was to foster the peace and unity in the controversies of the previous century and a half. Socrates recorded differences of liturgical and other custom between different places in the Church, controversies and conflicts in church history, conflict about the unity of the person of the divine and human Redeemer. The seven books of Socrates History are articulated round the reigns of successive emperors, which enables him to devote the whole of book 3 to debate with Libanius' idealization of a pagan hero, Julian and book 6 to John Chrysostom for whom his admiration was qualified.

Keywords:   Theodisius II, Socrates History, Julian, John Chrysostom

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