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Patriarchate
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1. Terminology

In ecclesiastical usage, patriarchate denotes the administrative sphere of a patriarch. Since late antiquity, patriarch (Greek patriárches - a compound of patḗr, “father,” and árchein, “be a commander,” “rule” – originally meaning “clan chief” or “progenitor”) was a title of senior Christian clergy. As early as the first ecumenical Council of Nicaea (325), we can see a regional structure of the church…

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Walter, Peter, Gahbauer, Ferdinand and Kraft, Ekkehard, “Patriarchate”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025335>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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