Akakian Schism

   The first schism (484-519) between the churches of Rome and Constantinople (qq.v.). Akakios (q.v.), for whom the schism was named, was patriarch (q.v.) of Constantinople. He supported Zeno's Henotikon (qq.v.), the "Edict of Unity," which unfortunately pacified neither the adherents to Monophysitism (q.v.) nor those who supported the 451 doctrinal statement of the Council of Chalcedon (q.v.). The schism illustrates how intertwined were religion and politics in the late fifth century, and how opposed were the claims of eastern emperors and popes (qq.v.) with regard to religious dogma. The divide between Chalcedonians and Monophysites was seen especially in the strife-ridden bishopric of Alexandria (q.v.). This religious problem became the chief internal issue of Zeno's reign.

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