Title: The Imperial Policy of Otherness: Justinian and the Arianism of the Barbarians as a Motive for the Recovery of the West
Authors: Mirsanu, Dragos # ×
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Université catholique de Louvain, Peeters
Series Title: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses. Louvain Journal of Theology and Canon Law vol:84 issue:4 pages:477-498
Abstract: This paper asks whether Justinian's attempt to recover the West during the sixth century was, and to what extent, an orthodox “holy war”. It is beyond a doubt that the decision to go to war with the Arian Vandals in Africa placed high value on the “otherness of faith” as diplomatic currency. While we cannot credit, in the strictest sense, the Arianism of the barbarians as the (main) motive for the launch of the Roman Reconquista, I will argue that it was certainly a motivating factor in a holy war.
The paper explores Justinian's legislative measures and their application in the re-conquered areas, the attitude of the barbarians and, respectively, Roman provincials, and also a few instances where we can see how the otherness of faith was employed as diplomatic currency.
ISSN: 0013-9513
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Unit of History of Church and Theology
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