"(...) In sum, an edition of this quality brings with it the potential for tremendous progress on a subject that seems to be interesting more people with each passing year. It is an extraordinary and brilliant piece of work." (Tia M. Kolbaba, in: The Medieval Review, 15.08.10)
Alessandra Bucossi is Research Fellow Ca' Foscari University, Venice.
The Sacrum Armamentarium by Andronikos Kamateros is one of the most important and voluminous remaining Byzantine inedita from the 12th century. Written for Emperor Manuel Komnenos (1143-1180), this writing is a ‘stockpile’ of theological texts to be used in refuting the theological argumentations of the opponents of the Orthodox Church.
The Sacrum Armamentarium consists in two distinct parts: a first one dedicated to the Latin Church and a second one dedicated to the Armenian Church. Each part contains a dialogue between the emperor and the representatives sent from Rome and Armenia, claimed to be verbatim transcriptions of real discussions, and an anthological section.
This volume presents the first critical edition of the anti-Latin part only; the topics under discussion in this part cover two of the points of disagreement between Catholicism and Orthodoxy: the primacy of the Roman Church and the procession of the Holy Spirit, the Filioque.