Actele Sinodului al 5-lea Ecumenic de la Constantinopol, 553


După reuşita deplină care a fost traducerea integrală în engleză a masivelor Acte ale Sinodului al 4-lea Ecumenic de la Calcedon din 451 (The Acts of the Council of Chalcedon, LUP, 2007), Richard Price bucură din nou pe cercetătorii creştinismului antic, prin traducerea Actelor Sinodului al 5-lea Ecumenic (Acts of the Council of Constantinople of 553: with related texts on the Three Chapters Controversy, LUP, 2009).

The present edition makes accessible to the modern reader the acts of the council, session by session, and the most important related documents, particularly those that reveal the shifting stance of Pope Vigilius, veering between heroic resistance and abject compliance. The accompanying commentary and substantial introduction provide a background narrative of developments since Chalcedon, a full analysis of the policy of the emperor Justinian (who summoned and dominated the council) and of the issues in the debate, and information on the complex history of both the text and the council’s reception.
The editor argues that the work of the council deserves a more sympathetic evaluation that it has generally received in western Christendom, since it arguably clarified rather than distorted the message of Chalcedon and influenced the whole subsequent tradition of eastern Orthodoxy. In interpreting Chalcedon the conciliar acts provide a fascinating example of how a society – in this case the imperial Church of Byzantium – determines its identity by how it understands its past.
Translated Texts for Historians 51; Two volumes in slipcase; 384pp/360pp, 210 x 147mm, cased; Published 13 July 2009

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