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Nicea, Council of (787)
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This synod ended the first phase of the controversy over the veneration of images (VI). The Synod of Hiereia in 754 (Constantinople: IV, 5) had made iconoclasm the theological teaching of the Empire. The resistance of a few monks led to the destruction of icons and several martyrdoms. The iconophile empress Irene (780–802) worked to reverse the decision. Because only a new ecumenical council could have the authority to annul the decision of the synod in 754, she laid the groundwork for such a council,…

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Ohme, Heinz, “Nicea, Council of (787)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024085>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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