SECOND OF (449)

was an archimandrite from who started to voice complaints in 428. He was the spiritual father of the grand chamberlain, the eunuch Chrysaphius. In 448, a law was promulgated that forbade any scheme not in accord with or the of Ephesus.

He of Constantinople. Flavian censured Eutyches for having an unbalanced . Eutyches was condemned, appealed to Emperor Theodosius, and a council was summoned. The took place in 449 under the presidency of Dioscorus of .

He restated the , mainly from the Twelve Anathemas, which disagreed with the doctrine of . Eutyches was restored and all his opponents were deposed. But Flavian died shortly after and the of rejected this council, calling it the council. After the sudden death of Theodosius in July 450, imperial officials convoked another, greater council in 451 at , which simply reversed the decisions of the council held in Ephesus in 449.

It is important to note that our knowledge of the Second Council of Ephesus comes mainly from the opponents of the council. The of this council are included in the of the Council of Chalcedon. Hence, it is very hard to attain a true idea of what happened. Also worthy of note is the fact that most of the attendees of this council later attended the and changed their allegiance, claiming that Dioscorus had previously applied on them.

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