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Late Antique Letter CollectionsA Critical Introduction and Reference Guide$
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Cristiana Sogno, Bradley K. Storin, and Edward J. Watts

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520281448

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520281448.001.0001

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Papal Letters and Letter Collections

Papal Letters and Letter Collections

(p.449) Twenty-Seven Papal Letters and Letter Collections
Late Antique Letter Collections

Bronwen Neil

University of California Press

Several significant papal letter collections have been preserved from Late Antiquity: the largest are those of Popes Leo I and Gregory I, but other, lesser-known yet sizeable collections have survived from Innocent I, Gelasius I, and Pelagius I. This chapter will analyze the common themes of these collections; the ways in which the authors and collators sought to enhance the bishop of Rome's authority; the rationale(s) behind selection processes, and changing preservation practices in the Roman scrinium from the fourth to sixth centuries.

Keywords:   Bronwen Neil, Leo I, Gregory I, Gelasius I, Pelagius I, Rome, Popes, Papal Letters

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