A Homoian Revival in Milan

Daniel H. Williams

in Ambrose of Milan and the End of the Arian-Nicene Conflicts

Published in print May 1995 | ISBN: 9780198264644
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682735 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

A Homoian Revival in Milan

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The decisions made at the council of Aquileia did not go unchallenged. Sometime after the close of the council but before the end of 384, a different version of the events that transpired at Aquileia began to circulate among ecclesiastical circles in Milan and elsewhere. This document was written as a riposte to those accusations formulated against Palladius and Secundianus which they were not given opportunity to answer in the council. The fragmented text is found only among the marginalia of the Paris MS Latinus 8907, a part of a larger apologia, and divulging the existence of an embittered Homoian reaction against the heavy-handed tactics employed at Aquileia. Yet another means of detecting a Homoian reaction after the council of Aquileia is from the writing of De incarnationis dominicae sacramento by Ambrose, circa 382, in which the bishop still finds it necessary to refute anti-Nicene arguments referred to him by the emperor. This chapter presents an overview of these documents that reveals the suggested connections between them.

Keywords: council of Aquileia; Ambrose of Milan; Palladius; Secundianus

Chapter.  15836 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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