Leo the Great and the spiritual rebuilding of a universal Rome / by Susan Wessel.

Wessel, Susan [Browse]
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2008.
xii, 422 p. ; 25 cm.


Supplements to Vigiliae Christianae, 0920-623X ; v. 93 [More in this series]
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. [377]-408) and index.
  • Introduction to Leo the Great and the late Roman world that was his stage
  • The study of Leo the Great
  • Imperial regimes and the Roman Senate
  • Structure of the empire in Italy and the West
  • Ecclesiastical administration
  • Advance of the barbarian kingdoms
  • Survey of the life of Leo the Great
  • The relationship between Rome and the western churches
  • A controversy develops with the See of Arles in Southern Gaul
  • Ecclesiastical law is debated and settled in North Africa
  • Priscillianism is confronted in Spain
  • The Vicariate of Illyricum
  • Persecution and discipline in Italy
  • The idea of justice and its bearing upon law and mercy
  • Justice and its human failings
  • Ecclesiastical law as the expression of justice
  • The practical manifestation of justice in the application of mercy
  • Suffering, compassion, and the care of the poor
  • The theology of poverty, charity, and altruism
  • The humanity of Christ as a model for compassion
  • Assembling a christology
  • Polemics shape the development of Christ's human nature
  • The quality of Christ's humanity
  • Christ as example
  • The symmetry of justice
  • Overturning the Robber Synod and preserving Christ's human nature
  • Negotiating with the Imperial Court
  • Enlisting the help of the bishops
  • Elaboration of the Roman Primacy
  • The idea of Apostolic succession and the Primacy of Rome
  • The controversy over the 28th Canon
  • The focus shifts to Anatolius
  • Striving for unity after Chalcedon
  • Eliciting the support of the eastern Imperial Court
  • The apocrisiarius in Constantinople
  • A renewed correspondence with Anatolius
  • The 'City of God' unfolds in history
  • Christian intellectuals respond to the sack of Rome in 410
  • A new idea of history emerges.
  • 9789004170520 (hardback : alk. paper)
  • 9004170529 (hardback : alk. paper)
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