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Judith Herrin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691153018

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691153018.001.0001

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The Ecclesiastical Organization of Central Greece at the Time of Michael Choniates

The Ecclesiastical Organization of Central Greece at the Time of Michael Choniates

New Evidence From the Codex Atheniensis 1371

(p.103) 4 The Ecclesiastical Organization of Central Greece at the Time of Michael Choniates
Margins and Metropolis

Judith Herrin

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the ecclesiastical organization of Central Greece at the time when Michael Choniates was Metropolitan of Athens (1182–1205). Using new evidence from the Codex Atheniensis 1371, it considers the state of the Byzantine church in Central Greece during the period. The Codex Atheniensis is a manuscript that contains a Notitia episcopatuum (list of metropolitans and bishops subject to the patriarchate of Constantinople). To establish the ecclesiastical sees in Central Greece at the end of the twelfth century, it is necessary to distinguish between several Notitiae. The evidence suggests that at least ten new bishoprics had been created in Central Greece since the time of the Emperor John Tzimiskes. The chapter argues that these new bishoprics were created to meet an immediate need—an expanding Orthodox population. An expanding population, combined with a developing economy, indicates that Central Greece was possibly experiencing prosperity.

Keywords:   ecclesiastical organization, Central Greece, Michael Choniates, Athens, Codex Atheniensis 1371, Byzantine church, Notitia episcopatuum, bishoprics

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