Book Series Studia Antiqua Australiensia, vol. 2

Seventh-Century Popes and Martyrs: The Political Hagiography of Anastasius Bibliothecarius

Bronwen Neil

  • Pages: 336 p.
  • Size:160 x 240 mm
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2007

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-51887-9
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"Cette étude est importante pour notre connaissance non seulement de l'hagiographie d'un grand saint (...), mais encore de l'utilisation de cette hagiographie aux fins de la politique des papes de Rome, par celui qui fut, à une période cruciale de l'histoire religieuse du 9e siècle, "l'éminence grise de la politique romaine"." (J.-C. Larchet dans : Revue d'Histoire Ecclésiastique, 03/1, 2008, p. 297)


This is the 2nd volume in the series Studia Antiqua Australiensia, produced within the Ancient History Documentation Research Centre, Macquarie University.

This collection of Latin texts, published in a new edition with an English translation, draws on the rich hagiographical corpus of Anastasius, papal diplomat, secretary and translator in late ninth-century Rome. The texts concern two controversial figures: Pope Martin I (649-653), whose opposition to the imperially-sponsored doctrines of monoenergism and monothelitism saw him exiled to Cherson where he died in 655, and Maximus the Confessor, an Eastern monk condemned to suffer amputation and exile to Lazica for similar reasons in 662. The author seeks to place these works in their political context, namely the growing hostility between the eastern and western churches in the late ninth century, and to assess Anastasius's contribution to the deteriorating relations between the two through his translations of hagiography.

Dr Bronwen Neil is Burke lecturer in Ecclesiastical Latin at the Centre for Early Christian Studies, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane.