This chapter examines the significance of acclamations, which can be found throughout the ancient Near East, and in both the Jewish and Graeco-Roman traditions. The primary function of acclmations appears to be communication in a non-literate form. The acts of the church councils provide the richest source of accounts of acclamations in their entirety. The Acts of Chalcedon are important in this regard, but one of the fullest collections has just been translated into English: the record, only found in Syriac, of gatherings in Edessa, in 449, which was read into the minutes of the Robber Council of Ephesus, later that year, including extensive listings of the acclamations used.
|Title of host publication||Chalcedon in Context|
|Subtitle of host publication||Church Councils 400-700|
|Editors||Richard Price, Mary Whitby|
|Publisher||Liverpool University Press|
|Number of pages||9|
|ISBN (Print)||9781846311772, 9781846316487|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|