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date: 29 February 2020

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This article explores the tension in the religious ideology of the age of Justinian, rooted in the earliest period of the church and extending at least until the Council of Constantinople III (680/1). It is a tension between the ideology of continuity and the inevitability of change. This tension was superficially resolved via the rhetorical tool of forgery—the act of both committing the deception and alleging it against one's opponents.

Keywords: religious ideology, Justinian, forgery, change, continuity

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