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Acclamations at the Council of Chalcedon

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChalcedon in Context
Subtitle of host publicationChurch Councils 400-700
EditorsRichard Price, Mary Whitby
PublisherLiverpool University Press
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781846311772, 9781846316487


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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.

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