Episcopal Elections 250-600: Hierarchy and Popular Will in Late Antiquity

Hardcover | March 22, 2007

byPeter Norton

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Peter Norton covers a topic of great relevance to students of early Church history and late antiquity alike. He challenges the conventional view that after the adoption of Christianity by the Roman empire the local community lost its voice in the appointment of bishops, and argues that thisright remained in theory and practice for longer than is normally assumed. Given that bishops became important to the running of the empire at the local level, a proper understanding of how they came into office is essential for our understanding of the later empire.

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Peter Norton covers a topic of great relevance to students of early Church history and late antiquity alike. He challenges the conventional view that after the adoption of Christianity by the Roman empire the local community lost its voice in the appointment of bishops, and argues that thisright remained in theory and practice for long...

Peter Norton teaches at the Dragon School, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:March 22, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Legislation and theory3. The electorate: local communities and public disorder4. Imperial intervention5. Provinces and patriarchs: organizational structures6. The metropolitan system in the West7. The eastern metropolitans8. Corruption, constraint, and nepotism9. Three disputed elections10. Conclusion