The Canons of the Quinisext Council (691/2) / translated with an introduction and notes by Richard Price.

Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2020
1 online resource (xii, 212 pages) : 4 maps


Summary note
These canons (or rules) for church organization and life and Christian morals issued at a council held in Constantinople in 691/2 form the foundation of Byzantine Canon Law. They show an intense concern to restore the proper discipline of clerical life after the chaos brought about by the Arab invasions. The rules for the laity show a concern to secure obedience to the Church's rules about marriage, proper respect for sacred space, and the suppression of customs of pagan origin. Particular interest attaches to the canons that express disapproval of certain customs of the Western Church and of the Armenian Church. Was this an attempt to impose Byzantine hegemony, or simply a revulsion at customs that seemed wrong? The Byzantine emperor tried repeatedly to get the Pope to give the new canons the stamp of his approval; his failure marks an important stage in the mounting divergence between the Greek and the Roman Churches. The translation is accompanied by full annotation, while the introduction sets the council in its historical context, in both the history of the early medieval world and the development of Eastern canon law.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-205) and indexes.
Source of description
Online resource; title from PDF title page (Liverpool University Press, viewed March 21, 2023).
Language note
Translated from Greek.
  • Introduction. The Council and its setting ; Eastern canon law and the Quinisext Council ; The message of the canons ; Justinian II and Armenia ; The Roman reaction ; Later reception in East and West ; Manuscripts and editions
  • Date list of canons, AD 314-870
  • The headings of the Quinisext Canons
  • List of the Quinisext canons in thematic sequence
  • The Conciliar acts : translation and commentary. The address to the Emperor ; The canons ; The subscriptions
  • Texts cited in the Acts.
Other title(s)
Canons of the Quinisext Council
  • 9781837643950 ((electronic bk.))
  • 1837643954 ((electronic bk.))
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