Calculating the Synod? A network analysis of the synod and the episcopacy in the Register of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in the years 1379–1390
By Johannes Preiser-Kapeller
Historical Dynamics of Byzantium, Vol. 2 (2010)
Introduction: The Register of the Patriarchate of Constantinople is for us probably the most important source for the practice of management and leadership of the late Byzantine church; it provides us with a large number of decisions of the patriarch and the synod of the metropolitans, archbishops and bishops who were present in the capital on many aspects of the church, but also of the political, economic and social life of the Byzantine Empire and the entire Orthodox Commonwealth. These desisions of the supreme bodies of the church are connected in the documents with more or less detailed justifications, which often draw from the rich treasure of Byzantine rhetoric; that many unpleasant facts were either not presented or in disguised form, Herbert Hunger made clear in his paper on “the apparent nonchalance of the language of the patriarchal chancellery” in the second volume of the studies on the Register of the Patriarchate.