The Formation of Papal Authority in Late Antique Italy: by Kristina Sessa PDF


By Kristina Sessa

ISBN-10: 1107001064

ISBN-13: 9781107001060

This e-book is the 1st cultural background of papal authority in past due antiquity. whereas most standard histories posit a "rise of the papacy" and think about popes as politicians, theologians, and civic leaders, Kristina Sessa specializes in the past due Roman family and its severe function within the improvement of the Roman church from ca. 350-600. She argues that Rome's bishops followed the traditional elite loved ones as a version of excellent executive for prime the church. crucial to this phenomenon was once the classical and biblical determine of the steward, the householder's appointed agent who oversaw his estate and folks. As stewards of God, Roman bishops endeavored to workout ethical and fabric effect inside either the pope's personal management and the families of Italy's clergy and lay elites. This unique and nuanced examine charts their manifold interactions with overdue Roman families and exhibits how bishops used family wisdom because the foundation for constructing their authority as Italy's singular spiritual leaders.

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In the notes, I generally identify the specific editions only in the case of Gelasius, for whom three different collections are used. Over 850 of Gregory’s letters are extant, although this represents a fraction of the register’s original size. See Markus 1997: 15. The same problem obtains for the public sermons. Here we encounter an even more limited source base: Leo’s ninety-seven sermons and Gregory’s forty-four Gospel homilies. A small number of liturgical prayers have been attributed to Gelasius, but his authorship is debated.

109 The problem in defining the bishop’s authority as “public” or “private” is partly terminological. Scholars often remark that the English words do not neatly map onto the Latin and Greek publicus/demosios and 104 105 106 107 108 109 See, for example, Pietri 1976; Krautheimer 1980; Curran 2000; and Salzman 2010. Gaudemet 1958: 311–20; 377–408; Jones 1964: 89–91, 118, 480–81, 491–2; Lizzi Testa 2001; and Rapp 2005: 232–89. Brown 1992 and 2002; and Lepelley 1998. Lamoreaux 1995; Harries 1999: 208 (although she also underlines the continued significance of arbitration and other informal modes of adjudication); Liebeschuetz 1999: 115; and Lizzi Testa 2009: 528.

Klauck 1981; Jeffers 1991; and Bobertz 1993, whose conclusions must be reconsidered in light of recent revelations that the Apostolic Tradition is a fourth-century text compiled by eastern Christians. ”106 These studies of the bishop as a new type of civic leader are illuminating, but the bishop’s transition from a private to a public leadership role was far less dichotomous than scholars sometimes imply. ” It is well established that pre-Constantinian bishops acted as mediators of disputes and that they worked in a private capacity as highly respected peacemakers.

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