By Emperor of Rome Theodosius I; Emperor of Rome Theodosius I; Freeman, Charles
Examines the pivotal ways that Theodosius's decree mandating a Christian orthodoxy ended debates concerning the nature of God, exploring the explanations why Theodosius's position used to be made to seem as a consensual ruling via the Council of Constantinople.
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To meet the threat, Valens moved his base to Antioch, an ancient and wealthy city that served as the administrative centre for Syria and the east, and began deploying troops across the eastern provinces. His problem was lack of manpower, and a revolt in the Roman province of Cilicia in 375 stretched his resources still further. However, overall he seemed in relatively good control of the situation and there were signs that the Persians, who faced unrest in their own eastern empire, were ready to back down.
5 How long could such a stance be kept up, especially when outside the rarified atmosphere of the court the empire was in such disarray and only the emperor could galvanise a response to the chaos? This was the crucial tension inherent in Roman imperial rule in late antiquity. Earlier emperors had remained close to the people. Hadrian, emperor from 117 to 138, was so easy to approach that there is a record of an old woman berating him for not listening to her petition, telling him that he had no right to be emperor if he did not respond.
Theodosius was that ‘being’ and Themistius went on to argue that the fact that Theodosius had not usurped the imperial throne but had waited for it to be granted him by Gratian was a further sign of God’s support for his promotion. 2 The images that Themistius used to glorify Theodosius, with their references to Zeus (or Jupiter, as the Romans knew him - Themistius was speaking in Greek) and Homer, can be traced back to the adulation offered to the kings who succeeded Alexander the Great in the late fourth century BC.
A.D. 381 : heretics, pagans, and the dawn of the monotheistic state by Emperor of Rome Theodosius I; Emperor of Rome Theodosius I; Freeman, Charles