Greek for "to appear incorruptible," referring to the radical variation of Monophysitism (q.v.) promoted by Julian of Halikarnassos, who believed that Christ's human body underwent no change and had been free of all passions since the moment of conception. Julian's ally, Severos of Antioch (q.v.), eventually distanced himself from this doctrine by accepting that Christ possessed a corruptible body while on earth. However, after Julian's death in 527 Justinian I (q.v.) adopted his views as a way to please the Aphthartodocetists, who had become the largest sect of Monophysites in Egypt (q.v.). Opposition came from the patriarch of Constantinople, Eutychios (qq.v.), but Justinian deposed him in early 565. After Justinian I's death the sect declined.

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  • Justinian I — Infobox Emperor name =Justinian I full name =Flavius Petrus Sabbatius Justinianus title =Emperor of the Byzantine Empire caption =Justinian depicted on one of the famous mosaics of the Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna reign =9 August 527 13 or 14… …   Wikipedia

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  • Eutychios —    1) Patriarch of Constantinople (qq.v.) from 552 565, and again from 577 582. Justinian I (q.v.) hoped that Eutychios, who had supported Justinian I s Three Chapters (q.v.), would be as loyal as the previous patriarch Menas (q.v.). His… …   Historical dictionary of Byzantium

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