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Being Christian in Vandal AfricaThe Politics of Orthodoxy in the Post-Imperial West$
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Robin Whelan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520295957

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520295957.001.0001

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Epilogue

Epilogue

Homoian Christianity in the Post-Imperial West

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(p.219) Epilogue
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Being Christian in Vandal Africa
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Robin Whelan

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520295957.003.0009

After a brief consideration of the end of Vandal rule and a summary of the book’s conclusions, this epilogue treats Homoian Christianity across the successor kingdoms. It compares the ecclesiastical politics of post-imperial Africa with those of Italy, Gaul, and Spain, focusing on three central issues: efforts toward Christian uniformity, the relationship between ethnic and Christian identity, and the conduct of ecclesiastical controversy through heresiology and debate. It argues that Homoian Christianity had a similar range of potential consequences across the Visigothic, Burgundian, and Ostrogothic kingdoms. What separates the Vandal kingdom from its transmarine neighbors are crucial differences of degree, which manifested themselves most clearly in those moments where ecclesiastical controversy was made to matter. Vandal Africa was not an outlier in the post-imperial West.

Keywords:   Byzantine Africa, Arianism, Homoian Christianity, ethnicity, Ostrogothic Italy, Visigothic Spain, Burgundians, Merovingian Gaul, Gregory of Tours

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