The reception of late-antique popes in the medieval Byzantine tradition

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Leo the Great (440–461) and Gregory the Great (590–604) earned their epithets in very different ways, Leo by his intervention at the Council of Chalcedon via one momentous letter known as the Tome to Flavian, followed by a decade of campaigning tirelessly against one-nature doctrine and against anti-Chalcedonian bishops. Gregory I earned his reputation in Byzantium by his widely disseminated work of spiritual direction, the Regula Pastoralis, and his prolific publication of works in various genres, especially the Dialogues, which were taken up by the Byzantine church in the Greek translation of Pope Zacharias. This study looks at the reception of these and other late-antique popes in the Byzantine tradition in the Middle Ages, and how they were used to promote particular agenda by eastern and western writers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudia Patristica Vol. XCVII
Subtitle of host publicationpapers presented at the Seventeenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 2015 : Volume 23 : from the fourth century onwards (Latin writers); Nachleben
EditorsMarkus Vinzent
Place of PublicationLeuven ; Paris ; Bristol, CT
PublisherPeeters Publishers
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9789042935938
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventInternational Conference on Patristic Studies (17th : 2015) - University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Aug 201514 Aug 2015

Publication series

NameStudia Patristica
PublisherPeeters Publishers


ConferenceInternational Conference on Patristic Studies (17th : 2015)
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • medieval religion
  • Papacy--Early works to 1800
  • Byzantine empire civilization


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