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See Cyril of Alexandria, Select Letters; Wessel, Cyril of Alexandria. 4 Synod of Bet Lapat (484 CE) quoted by Gero, Barsauma of Nisibis, 45, and see 29–31. 5 See Segal, Edessa, 110–91; Baum and Winkler, Die apostolische Kirche des Ostens; Gillman and Klimkeit, Christians in Asia. 22 Late Roman Christianities formula (in both Antioch and Alexandria) encouraged further antagonism towards Theodore (not least because Chalcedon had afﬁrmed his orthodoxy). Those Syrians sympathetic to Theodore’s cause were forced to leave Edessa, with Narsai in the lead; and Barsauma’s see further east seemed a natural place of refuge.
52 Book of the Himyarites, 13, cix. 53 Finster and Schmidt, Die Kirche des Abraha in San’ˆa. 15 pet e r b ro w n recital of the visions which began to be revealed to him in 610 – only six years after the death of Gregory the Great) echoes a stormy century, where just these issues had been hotly contested along the whole length of the Arabian peninsula. There were two reasons for this development. First, it is a reminder that empire mattered. For reasons of prestige and strategy, both Rome and Persia were prepared to reach down to the Indian Ocean.
Ecclesiastical and secular were intextricably mixed through the collaboration of the bishop and clergy with the local elites in order to handle the day-to-day business of government. 21 Imperial edicts on matters as thoroughly secular as the control of banditry would be received by the bishop and read out to the local council in the bishop’s audience hall adjoining the Christian basilica. ”23 As Severus, the patriarch of Antioch, told a local bishop in no uncertain terms in around 515: bishops were there to keep the cities going.