The idea of freedom in the writings of non-Chalcedonian Christians in the fifth and sixth centuries

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Abstract

This article examines how Christians who had been deprived of the direct sponsorship of the state articulated their claims for political and religious freedom. I examine four cases from the fifth and sixth century in the Eastern Roman Empire and Sasanian Iran. Here I argue that Scriptural models provided an important reservoir of political ideas that could be used by clerics to undermine state authority, whether to underscore the conditional nature of Roman claims to authority or to deny an equality of religious freedom to non-Christian co-citizens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)774-794
Number of pages21
JournalHistory of European Ideas
Volume44
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2018

Keywords

  • Freedom
  • Late Roman
  • Sasanian
  • Syriac
  • communalism
  • group identity
  • hagiography
  • parrhesia
  • persecution

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