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The diffusion of Priscillianism for through Gallaecia: the testimony of Hydatius of Chaves


Journal: História e Cultura
ISSN 2238-6270

Volume: 01;
Issue: 01;
Start page: 71;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Priscillianism | Gallaecia | Hydatius of Chaves.

This paper aims to carry out an analysis about the chronicle of the Bishop Hydatius. This espiscopate was a loyal believer of the Council of Nicaea and, for that reason, he was thoroughly against Christian interpretations which were different from the official one, the orthodox Christianity. In his episcopal region, Hydatius had to deal with a Christian interpretation called Priscillianism, which had a lot of acceptance by the population. Although it was not largely adopted by a barbarian population like arianism, it became much widespread in the region of Gallaecia which would be one of the reasons in which Hydatius believed that the religious unification of Roman Empire in the region was endangered. In this article, we aim to talk about the diffusion of Priscillianism in this region during the end of IV Century a.C. until in the middle V Century a.D. and to interpret what this heresy was to Hydatius of Chaves.
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