n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - Ο ρόλος της βυζαντιής πολιτικής στον εκχριστιανισμό της Νουβίας

Volume 93, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



Nubia's Christianization in the 6th century was achieved by missions dispatched for that reason from Constantinople and Byzantine Egypt. What were the Byzantine political motives that induced the Noubians to be converted to Christianity and how did the Christological disputes, which disturbed the Byzantine Church during that period, affect this conversion? The present article examines the above questions and comes to the conclusion that Nubia's conversion to Christianity was strongly connected with the Byzantine policy on the Persian issue on the one hand and the social upheavals in Egypt on the other. At the same time the Nubian leaders' objectives, exploited by the Byzantines, played an important role in Nubia's conversion. The Christological disputes did not largely affect Nubia's Christianization and this article suggests that Justinian and Theodora acted in common by sending christologically 'opposed' missions to Nubia.

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