Imperial Ideology: The Idea of the Universal Christian Empire in Late Antiquity
Lethbridge Undergraduate Research Journal
This paper examines the evolution of Christian universalist ideologies from the year 300 AD to about 800 AD, with a focus on their development in the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire. It traces how the interaction of ideology with political reality- imperial decline, internal ideological and ecclesiastical disunity, and other challenges- resulted in the eventual development of other universalist ideologies at the dawn of the medieval period, among them the idea of Latin Christendom and the Byzantine commonwealth idea.
Christianity -- Byzantine Empire , Byzantine Empire -- Church history , Church history