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Debating the Saints’ Cult in the Age of Gregory the Great

Matthew Dal Santo


This book argues that the Dialogues on the Miracles of the Italian Fathers, Pope Gregory the Great's (590–604) most controversial work, should be considered from the perspective of a wide-ranging debate about the saints which took place in early Byzantine society. Like other contemporary works in Greek and Syriac, Gregory's Latin text debated the nature and plausibility of the saints' miracles and the propriety of the saints' cult. Rather than viewing the early Byzantine world as overwhelmingly pious or credulous, the book argues that many contemporaries questioned and challenged the claims of ... More

Keywords: Gregory the Great, saints, miracles, doubt, scepticism, rationalism, East Roman, Byzantine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199646791
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646791.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Dal Santo, editor
Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge

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