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The Soteriology of Leo the Great

Bernard Green


Leo the Great was the beneficiary of the consolidation over the course of the preceding century of the power of the papacy in Rome and the Christianization of the city. That process reveals the impact of Ambrose of Milan on the Roman Church and its policy towards the ascetic movement. Leo was heavily influenced by Ambrose and by Augustine of Hippo. His first encounters with theological debate were the Pelagian and Nestorian controversies, where he engaged Cassian as an advisor. He took an admiring though limited view of Cyril of Alexandria but misunderstood the weaknesses in Nestorius'thought. ... More

Keywords: Roman Church, Christianization, Ambrose of Milan, Augustine of Hippo, Pelagian controversy, Nestorian controversy, Cassian, Cyril of Alexandria, Ascetic movement, Manichaeism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199534951
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199534951.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bernard Green, author
Fellow and Tutor in Theology, St Benet's Hall, Oxford