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From Temple to Church

Destruction and Renewal of Local Cultic Topography in Late Antiquity

From Temple to Church by Johannes Hahn
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Destruction of temples and their transformation into churches are central symbols of late antique change in religious environment, socio-political system, and public perception. Contemporaries were aware of these events' far-reaching symbolic significance and of their immediate impact as demonstrations of political power and religious conviction. Joined in any "temple-destruction" are the meaning of the monument, actions taken, and subsequent literary discourse. Paradigms of perception, specific interests, and forms of expression of quite various protagonists clashed. Archaeologists, historians, and historians of religion illuminate "temple-destruction" from different perspectives, analysing local configurations within larger contexts, both regional and imperial, in order to find an appropriate larger perspective on this phenomenon within the late antique movement "from temple to church".
BRILL; January 2008
392 pages; ISBN 9789047443735
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Title: From Temple to Church
Author: Johannes Hahn; Stephen Emmel; Ulrich Gotter
 
ISBNs
904744373X
9789004131415
9789047443735