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Inventing Latin Heretics
Byzantines and the Filioque in the Ninth Century

By Tia M Kolbaba

Inventing Latin Heretics
Hardback, 214 pages £62.00
Published: 2008
ISBN: 9781580441339
Format: 233mm x 155mm
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Subjects: Medieval Institute Publications, Medieval Studies, Religious Studies
Series: Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture, Research in Medieval Culture

Focusing on the ninth-century beginnings of Byzantine writings against the Latin addition of the Filioque to the creed, Inventing Latin Heretics illuminates several aspects of Byzantine thought-their self-definition, their theology, their uniquely constituted state-based both on what they had to say for themselves and on modern approaches to the study of group identity, religious conflict, and sociology of knowledge. The book introduces the concept of heresiology in general, defining terms, summarizing a vast body of secondary scholarship, and bringing the history of Byzantine antiheretical texts down to the ninth century. It discusses relations between Latin and Greek Christians before and into the time of Photios, as well as his knowledge of Latin customs. The next chapters examine the transmission, form, and contents of the three anti-Filioque texts attributed to Photios and other texts that exemplify what ninth-century Byzantines were saying about Latin errors, raising textual questions that cannot be ignored and ultimately providing a window onto Byzantine mentalities.

Preface Introduction: Ninth-Century Anti-Latin Texts 1. Heresiology and the Invention of Heretics 2. Latins and Greeks before the Age of Photios 3. The Patriarch, the Pope and the Barbarians 4. Photio's Ep. 2: "Encyclical to the Eastern Patriarchs" 5. The Treatise regarding the Mystagogia of the Holy Spirit 6. Photios's Ep. 291: "To the Archbishop of Aquileia" Intermission: For Those Who Skimmed Chapters 4-6 7. Niketas Byzantios's Syllogistic Chapters 8. The Letter of Pope Nicholas I (858-67) to Hincmar of Rheims Conclusion: Inventing Latin Heretics in the Ninth Century Appendixes 1. Reconstruction of the Central Paragraphs of Ep. 2 without Lines 108-99 2. Comparison of Chapter Numbering in Various Manuscripts 3. Overlapping Passages of Ep. 2 and the Mystagogia 4. Parallel Passages in Ep. 291 and the Mystagogia 5. Divisions of the Mystagogia Bibliography Index

Tia M. Kolbaba is an Associate Professor of Byzantine Studies at Rutgers University.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 214 pages
 233mm x 155mm

BIC Code:
  HIS037010, REL015000
 Medieval Institute Publications


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