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Theological Argumentation: The Case of Forgery

Susan Wessel

in The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780195336931
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195336931.013.0028

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Theological Argumentation: The Case of Forgery

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This article explores the tension in the religious ideology of the age of Justinian, rooted in the earliest period of the church and extending at least until the Council of Constantinople III (680/1). It is a tension between the ideology of continuity and the inevitability of change. This tension was superficially resolved via the rhetorical tool of forgery—the act of both committing the deception and alleging it against one's opponents.

Keywords: religious ideology; Justinian; forgery; change; continuity

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Subjects: Classical Studies ; Religion in the Ancient World

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