Damasus, Siricius, Papal Authority, Synesius of Cyrene

Henry Chadwick

in The Church in Ancient Society

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780199246953
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600463 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 Damasus, Siricius, Papal Authority, Synesius of Cyrene

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The years between the death of pope Liberius in 366 and the end of the fourth century saw continuing controversy over the election of bishops, factional struggle in Rome, and the assertion of papal authority by popes Damasus and Siricius. Under Damasus (366–84), the Latin liturgy was introduced, dissidents were suppressed, the judgement of the Roman bishop was asserted as superior to all others, new churches were built, Jerome's Latin version of the Bible appeared, and the cults of Peter and Paul developed in Rome. Damasus and Siricius (384–99) both held synods to discuss doctrine, but their letters to other churches were sent in the name of the see of Rome, not of the synods. More Roman senators moved towards the Church, as did a number of highly educated Greek intellectuals, the most striking of whom was Synesius of Cyrene.

Keywords: Damasus; papacy; Rome; Siricius; Synesius of Cyrene

Chapter.  7530 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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