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Cyril of Alexandria and the Nestorian Controversy: The Making of a Saint and of a Heretic

Susan Wessel


What were the historical and cultural processes by which Cyril of Alexandria was elevated to canonical status while his opponent, Nestorius, Bishop of Constantinople, was made into a heretic? In contrast to previous scholarship, this book concludes that Cyril's success in being elevated to orthodox status was not simply a political accomplishment based on political alliances he had fashioned as opportunity arose. Nor was it a dogmatic victory, based on the clarity and orthodoxy of Cyril's doctrinal claims. Instead, it was his strategy in identifying himself with the orthodoxy of the former bis ... More

Keywords: Cyril of Alexandria, Nestorius, heretic, Athanasius, Arianism, saint, Greek Orthodox Church, Coptic Orthodox Church

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199268467
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268467.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Wessel, author
Assistant Professor of Greek Patristics, Catholic University of America