The first five years of Justinian’s reign (527-532) are so incident-filled that it will take us a few episodes to get through them.
In part two we stay on the Eastern front as the Persians counterattack. King Kavadh then passes away allowing a peace deal to be reached. We then move to the Danube to see how Imperial troops were coping with the raids of the Bulgars and Slavs. Then we move onto more Christian diplomacy from Justinian and update on how the Vandal and Gothic leadership are responding to the Empire’s military success.
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This isn’t really relevant to this episode, but I was wondering about the terminology of the church in previous episodes. In episode 7, you refer to the Franks converting to “Catholic Christianity.” What was Catholicism at this time? Is it just another term for the orthodoxy, or were the Catholics a distinct group?
Hi there, good question. One of the problems with the podcast is balancing my use of words which have multiple meanings. So I talk a lot about orthodox belief at the moment which is mainly to define the mainstream Christianity that those in the West and Constantinople adhered to and which had been formally laid out at the Council of Chalcedon. The main point here is to contrast it with Monophysite belief in Syria and Egypt.
I appreciate that it’s slightly confusing because later Byzantines and modern Greeks are members of the Orthodox Church which is so called to distinguish it from the modern Roman Catholic church.
So when I used Catholic in the context of the Franks I really just meant it to make clear that I meant they had not converted to Arian Christianity as the Goths and Vandals had and instead believed the same things which those in Rome and Constantinople did.
The word “Catholic” comes from a Greek word meaning Universal. So in the time of Justinian if someone had used the word “Catholic” they would have meant the mainstream, legitimate, orthodox (with a small O) church. It won’t be until 1054 when Catholic and Orthodox attain their modern meaning and signal the split between the Latin West and Greek East churches.
I hope that makes sense 🙂