Amsterdam, 04 April 2017

ACRH Seminar #5: Evangelos Chrysos: East and West fading away in the ninth century AD. Christian Europe on the way to disunity

The Graeco-Roman World that Constantine the Great handed over to his successors was actually from the beginning in a process of fading away from the unity of the two parts of East and West (oriens-occidens). Two fatal developments occurred however in the ninth century that deepened considerably the alienation: At the beginning of the century, the coronation of Charlemagne (800 AD) led to the so-called ‘Zwei-Kaiser-Problem’ that was followed by political competition and confrontation. Later in the century the production of a new Canonical Law platform through the Corpus of Pseudo-Isidorian Decretals destroyed the common ground of the ecclesiastical structure and was the main factor that caused the split of the Churches.

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