Hieria, Council of
- Convened by Constantine V (q.v.) in 754 to provide the dogmatic rationale for imperial decrees that ordered the destruction of icons (q.v.) and the excommunication of Iconophiles (q.v.). Constantine V packed the council with his supporters and provided it with its theology. Iconophiles were condemned as either representing only Christ's human nature (Nestorianism [q.v.], in effect) or merging the two natures (Monophysitism [q.v.]).
Historical Dictionary of Byzantium . John H. Rosser .
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