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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: June 2020

4 - Establishing Visible Power


In the previous chapter, I emphasized the ways in which the sixth-century Roman history of the popes in the Liber pontificalis used the work of Peter, princeps apostolorum, and his successors to anchor the Christian faith in Rome, and how it thereby shaped the memory of the early stages of the formation of Christian Rome and the emergence of the bishop or pope as leader of the Christian community before the conversion of Constantine. I turn in this chapter to consider the implications of the means the text employs, from the narrative covering the beginning of the fourth century onwards, to enhance the pope’s power still further.

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