В.А. Баранов

THE VITA TARASII AS A SOURCE FOR RECONSTRUCTION OF THE ICONOCLASTIC THEOLOGY

Автор В.А. Баранов
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This article is an attempt to analyze several passages in the context of the polemics for and against images during the epoch of Byzantine Iconoclasm, from the «Life of Tarasius», which was written by Ignatius the Deacon about the Iconodulic champion Patriarch Tarasius. It does not pretend to give a comprehensive analysis of Ignatius’ theological viewpoint but rather shows how the Vitae, previously studied from a literary point of view with emphasis on style, originality and the use of the topoi, or from a historical point of view with an attempt to distinguish between the Vita’s legendary and the historical strata, can be used as an additional source for reconstructing theological doctrine when the doctrinal sources per se are as scarce as is the case with Byzantine Iconoclasm.



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