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Bibil Identifier bibil:243155
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Diagnosing Heresy: Ps.-Martyrius’s Funerary Speech for John Chrysostom
Author Barry, Jennifer
Journal Journal of Early Christian Studies (Volume: 24, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2016
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2016
Year (Copyright) 2016
Year (Reference) 2016
Language English
Pages 395-418 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract John Chrysostom died ignominiously as an exiled and condemned heretic. Yet, early biographers worked to reverse his reputation and transformed John into a symbol of Christian orthodoxy. In this essay, I examine how one such biographer, Ps.-Martyrius, managed this task through the language of proper diagnosis. In his Funerary Speech for John Chrysostom, Ps.-Martyrius differentiates the symptoms of the disease of heresy from the symptoms of righteous suffering. To make his case, Ps.-Martyrius compares John’s symptoms, through reference to the lesioned bodies of the Constantinopolitan leper community, to the fecund and cursed body of the Empress Eudoxia. Ps.-Martyrius’s diagnosis concludes that John’s suffering through conspicuous exile conveyed honor and orthodoxy, while Eudoxia’s embedded and hidden maladies reflected her culpability as the bearer of lies.
DOI 10.1353/earl.2016.0033
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Funeral Rites
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : John Chrysostom
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Heresy
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : History and Civilization : Emperor
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Health
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Disease
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Leprosy
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Hagiography
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