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The Afterlife in Early Christian Carthage

Near-Death Experiences, Ancestor Cult, and the Archaeology of Paradise

The Afterlife in Early Christian Carthage by Stephen E. Potthoff
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The Afterlife in Early Christian Carthage explores how the visionary experiences of early Christian martyrs shaped and informed early Christian ancestor cult and the construction of the cemetery as paradise. Taking the early Christian cemeteries in Carthage as a case study, the volume broadens our understanding of the historical and cultural origins of the early Christian cult of the saints, and highlights the often divergent views about the dead and post-mortem realms expressed by the church fathers, and in graveside ritual and the material culture of the cemetery. This fascinating study is a key resource for students of late antique and early Christian culture.

Taylor and Francis; December 2016
254 pages; ISBN 9781317294061
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Title: The Afterlife in Early Christian Carthage
Author: Stephen E. Potthoff
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