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Title: Nersēs Šnorhali and Gregory IV Tłay in Dialogue with Byzantium
Subtitle: Some Historical Remarks
Author(s): STRANO, Gioacchino
Journal: Revue des Études Arméniennes
Volume: 41    Date: 2022   
Pages: 141-158
DOI: 10.2143/REA.41.0.3291882

Abstract :
In the second half of the twelfth century the dialogue between the Greek and the Armenian Churches intensified, thanks to some exceptional personalities: the Byzantine emperor Manuel I Comnenus, passionate about theological questions, and the Armenian catholicoi of Cilicia, Nersēs Šnorhali and Gregory IV Tłay. There were embassies and exchanges of letters, of which ample evidence has remained, both in Greek and in Armenian. At the basis of the dialogue and theological confrontation was the will of both the sides to reaffirm the elements of unity between the two Churches, beyond doctrinal and liturgical differences. The dialogue took place in a phase of profound evolution in the history of Asia Minor, in which Byzantium still remained the most important power, but other forces (Franks, Turks) had now emerged.

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