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Christian Responses to Roman Art and Architecture: The Second-Century Church Amid the Spaces of Empire
Laura Nasrallah argues that early Christian literature addressed to Greeks and Romans is best understood when read in tandem with the archaeological remains of Roman antiquity. She examines second-century Christianity by looking at the world in which Christians lived and moved and had their being. Early Christians were not divorced from the materiality of the world, nor di ...more
Hardcover, 334 pages
Published February 28th 2010 by Cambridge University Press
(first published 2009)
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This book is misnamed; it ought, rather, have a title more like this: _Second-Century Christians and the Rhetoric of Empire_. While this book does deal to some extent with art and architecture, its real focus is on the geography of empire (whether physical or mental). While this book is certainly interesting, one needs an interest in the second-century Christian apologists (a very interesting case is made that that is not what they are, but that's what we call them...) to really appreciate it.