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State Power and Moral Defence

Fergus Millar

in A Greek Roman Empire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780520247031
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941410 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247031.003.0005
State Power and Moral Defence

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The Imperial “laws” or letters concerning Nestorius and Irenaeus, addressed to major Prefects and the edicts that in their turn were broadcasted to the public, represent the best evidence for the coexistence of Latin and Greek in the Theodosian Empire. Nestorius's highly personal work was preserved only in a Syriac translation, apparently made in the sixth century, and known through a single medieval manuscript. In connection to this matter, Irenaeus composed a history in Greek of the aftermath of the First Council of Ephesus up to 435 or 436. The entire story that Irenaeus told in his Tragoedia was an act of moral defiance, and assertion of the validity and consistency of his own position. Nestorius gave an even more overtly polemical reinterpretation of events.

Keywords: Nestorius; Irenaeus; moral defiance; Tragoedia; Imperial laws

Chapter.  10726 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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