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LATROCINIUM

The "Robber Council," or "Robber Synod," held at Ephesus in August of 449. The name was given by Pope Leo I, who condemned the council for supporting the Monophysite heresy of Eutyches. Its decisions were reversed by the Council of Chalcedon in 451. (Etym. Latin latro, a mercenary soldier; robber + cinium, service: latrocinium: service of mercenaries; freebooting, robbery.)

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