Ancient Coin Collecting V: The Romaion-Byzantine Culture by Wayne G. Sayles

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The episode referred to historically as Iconoclasm did not arise within the church at Constantinople entirely as a matter 2nd reign of philosophy, but also as a matter of political Representations of necessity. By the late seventh century, when Christ on solidi of the movement to ban images of Christ began, Justinian II the church was torn by internecine conflict. The most pressing issue was opposition to the growing cult of icon veneration. The Patriarch at Constantinople was, after all, an ecumenical Patriarch.

Several controversial attributions of this nature have been offered, but all are based on interpretive rather than epigraphical evidence. BIBLIO GRAPHY Grierson, P. Byzan tine Coins, Berkeley, 1982, pp. 84-94. Ostrogorsky, George. History of the Byzantine State, Rutgers, 1 957, pp. 112-114. Vasiliev, AA History of the Byzan tine Empire, 324-1 453, Univ. of Wisconsin, 1 952, p . 193. D. Byzantine Coins, London, 1973, pp. 137-146. ijiii� hi� "n CONStANt The son of Heradius Constan­ tine, called Cons tans II, was only eleven years old when his father's half-brother Heradonas was deposed and exiled.

The restora­ tion of icons is referred to as the "Triumph of Orthodoxy" and is still celebrated as a religious holiday, on the first Sunday of Lent, by the Greek Orthodox Church. The defeat of Iconoclasm was more than simply a religious doctrinal issue laid to rest. It was a confirmation of the principle that the chu rch could not be dominated by the imperial court. The recognition of Patriarchal power held major significance for development of the orthodox religion. This growth of political power led to the eventual schism of the Eastern and Western churches.

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