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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 metropolitan system in the West

The metropolitan system in the West

(p.145) 6 The metropolitan system in the West
Episcopal Elections 250-600


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The Nicene dispensation gave a clear and pre-eminent role to the metropolitan in each province, and it is fair to say that if there was to be any systematic approach to elections, any consistency in the quality of men raised to the episcopate, and, crucially at times, any guarantee of ‘orthodoxy’ everywhere, then the metropolitan system was key. From the 5th century onwards, the efforts of the Popes were directed towards maintaining the smooth running of the system in the face of deteriorating communications as the old political order slowly disintegrated. This chapter looks at their activities both inside and outside of Italy.

Keywords:   Italy, church hierarchy, Popes, episcopal elections, Nicene regulations, metropolitans

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