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Title: Sleeping Souls and Living Corpses
Subtitle: Patriarch Methodius' Defense of the Cult of Saints
Author(s): KRAUSM√úLLER, Dirk
Journal: Byzantion
Volume: 85    Date: 2015   
Pages: 143-155
DOI: 10.2143/BYZ.85.0.3117801

Abstract :
In his Life of Euthymius of Sardes Patriarch Methodius accepts that the souls cannot function once they have been separated from the bodies. However, he then contends that in the case of the saints this link is never severed because their corpses remain uncorrupted and even capable of movement. The article offers an in-depth analysis of the text and makes the case that during the Second Iconoclasm there was not only opposition to the cult of saints but also a more wide-spread anxiety that dead saints might not be active after all.

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