The settlements called the cities in «Church history» by Theodoret of Cyrus

Author(s):  D.A. Gogolev, candidate of Sciences, no, University of Tyumen, Tyumen, Russia,

Issue:  Volume 47, № 1

Rubric:  Topical issues of world history

Annotation:  The purpose of the article is to identify the nature of the use of the term polis in «Church history» of the Theodoret of Cyrus. Research methods: general scientific methods of analysis, synthesis and historicism, historical narrative, historical-genetic and historical-typological methods, comparative analysis of sources and historiography, criticism of a historical source. The results of the study: 1) the circle of settlements indicated by the term polis is wide enough and makes up about one third of the total number of settlements mentioned in the «Church history»; geographically these are mainly eastern provinces; 2) all populated areas, called polis, can be divided into several groups according to the nature of the mention: the largest church or administrative centers; settlements related to the presence of Christian figures there; settlements related to church life; 3) settlements, called the term polis, were mainly large or significant urban centers; in sources close in time, they are far from always designated as polis.

Keywords:  Roman Empire, late antiquity, Theodoret of Cyrus, cities, terminology, polis.

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DOI:  10.18413/2687-0967-2020-47-1-47-53

Reference to article:  Gogolev D.A. 2020. The settlements called the cities in «church history» by Theodoret of Cyrus. Via in tempore. History and political science, 47(1): 47–53 (in Russian). DOI