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Episcopal Elections 250-600Hierarchy and Popular Will in Late Antiquity$
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Peter Norton

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199207473

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207473.001.0001

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The Electorate: Local Communities and Public Disorder

The Electorate: Local Communities and Public Disorder

(p.52) 3 The Electorate: Local Communities and Public Disorder
Episcopal Elections 250-600


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This chapter looks at examples of popular participation in elections and related incidents in the larger cities; then in smaller communities; and finally says something about the nature of the evidence, in particular the more hagiographical sources. ‘Election by the people’ may in some instances be no more than a hagiographical topos. It has been suggested that the role of the laity in the life of the church diminished gently but firmly in the centuries following Constantine. The chapter shows that in at least one aspect of this is not true.

Keywords:   electorate, episcopal elections, bishops, public participation

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