Irenische Fiktion in polemischer Absicht. Der spätantike Disputationsroman De Gestis in Perside als Widerspruch gegen die Religionspolitik in Byzanz

Heyden, Katharina (2021). Irenische Fiktion in polemischer Absicht. Der spätantike Disputationsroman De Gestis in Perside als Widerspruch gegen die Religionspolitik in Byzanz. In: Delgado, Mariano; Emmenegger, Gregor; Leppin, Volker (eds.) Apologie, Polemik, Dialog. Religionsgespräche in der Christentumsgeschichte und der Religionsgeschichte. Studien zur christlichen Religions- und Kulturgeschichte: Vol. 29 (pp. 95-112). Basel: Schwabe

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This contribution deals with the Greek fictional text De gestis in Perside which was widely received in medieval Byzantium and beyond, but has been hardly noticed by modern research. The confrontation between Christians, Hellenes, Zoroastrians and Jews at the Court of the Sassanians turns out in favor of Christianity, but peacefully and with a plea for peaceful coexistence by the arbiter Aphroditian. The paper methodically explores the relationship between fiction and facts in three steps. It argues that the anonymous, probably Christian author of this disputation novel chose Persia as the setting for an ideal, peaceful debate in order to express his criticism of Justinian’s religious policy as well as his criticism of the discord among the Christians of his time.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

01 Faculty of Theology > Institute of Historical Theology
01 Faculty of Theology > Department of Protestant Theology [discontinued] > Institute of Church History [discontinued] > Early Church History and the History of Dogma [discontinued]

UniBE Contributor:

Heyden, Katharina

Series:

Studien zur christlichen Religions- und Kulturgeschichte

Publisher:

Schwabe

Language:

German

Submitter:

Katharina Heyden

Date Deposited:

13 Apr 2022 08:12

Last Modified:

13 Apr 2022 08:12

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/168607

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/168607

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