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Remembering Nicaea: The Ecclesiastical History of Anonymous Cyzicenus
Martin Shedd, Sean Tandy, Jeremy M. Schott
Publication Date
June 2024


Remembering Nicaea presents the first complete English translation of Anonymous Cyzicenus’s Ecclesiastical History, the fullest surviving account of the Council of Nicaea (325 CE). The introduction features new arguments for the dating of the text, a discussion of Anonymous Cyzicenus’s sources and their modification, and an evaluation of the larger purpose of the Ecclesiastical History as a unique and instructive source for the christological controversies of the fifth century CE. Appendixes include the text of the Byzantine epistolary supplement found in all manuscripts, the Pinakes, testimony about the work from the ninth-century patriarch of Constantinople, Photius, and the prefatory letter to the 1599 critical edition. This unique combination of history and legend preserves otherwise-lost sources for students and scholars of church history.

Martin Shedd is the American Fellow for the Society of Classical Studies at the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae. He has published articles on another anonymous and historically curious work, the Historia Augusta.

Sean Tandy is Assistant Professor at the Associate in Arts Program at the University of Delaware. His research focuses on late antique cultural history, especially historical memory and political language.

Jeremy M. Schott is Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University. He is the author of Eusebius of Caesarea, The History of the Church: A New Translation (2019).

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