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Bibil Identifier bibil:202344
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Imperial Policy of Otherness
Title (English, ) Justinian and the Arianism of Barbarians as a Motive for the Recovery of the West
Author Mîrşanu, Dragoş
Journal Ephemerides theologicae Lovanienses. Louvain Journal of Theology and Canon Law (Volume: 84, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Year (Second publication) 2008
Language English
Pages 477-498 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This paper asks whether Justinian's attempt to recover the West during the sixth century was, and to what extent, an orthodox “holy war”. It is beyond a doubt that the decision to go to war with the Arian Vandals in Africa placed high value on the “otherness of faith” as diplomatic currency. While we cannot credit, in the strictest sense, the Arianism of the barbarians as the (main) motive for the launch of the Roman Reconquista, I will argue that it was certainly a motivating factor in a holy war. The paper explores Justinian's legislative measures and their application in the re-conquered areas, the attitude of the barbarians and, respectively, Roman provincials, and also a few instances where we can see how the otherness of faith was employed as diplomatic currency.
DOI 10.2143/ETL.84.4.2033455
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Arianism
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