Geometry Of Love

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Harper Collins, Jun 26, 2012 - Social Science - 336 pages
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Visser spins a fascinating and detailed web of mythology, history, early Christian theology, Roman culture and contemporary practice as she unfolds the layers of meaning in the architecture of the small but ancient Christian church of St. Agnes in Rome. She enables the reader to discover the meanings expressed by any church, anywhere. The Geometry of Love was made into a prize-winning documentary film.

 

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Margaret Visser has one of the best stocked minds I've ever encountered. Educated as a Classics professor, she has expanded her publications to include the Colombian food exchanges, and this gem of a ... Read full review

THE GEOMETRY OF LOVE: Space, Time, Mystery, and the Meaning in an Ordinary Church

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Idiosyncratic exploration of the history—political and archaeological—as well as the theology, iconography, and folkways to be revealed by close scrutiny of a single church in Rome.An ... Read full review

Contents

TASTE AND THE LOURDES GROTTO
MOTHER OF GOD MYSTICAL ROSE HOUSE OF GOD
TASTE AND THE SACRED HEART
PICTURES STATUES AND CANDLES
Chapels Right Side
STEPHEN OF JERUSALEM LAWRENCE OF ROME
SAINT EMERENTIANA
THE BODY OF EMERENTIANA

Narthex and Ground Plan
THE NARTHEX
TIME AND SPACE FATE AND DESTINY
SACRED SPACE
SACRED NARRATIVE
THE EPIC OF LIBERATION
THE JERUSALEM TEMPLE AND THE SYNAGOGUES
THE COMING OF CHRISTIANITY
WHY HAVE CHURCHES?
Nave
THE CATACOMBS
CONSTANTINES BUILDINGS IN ROME
BASILICAS
JOURNEYS OF THE SOUL
LABYRINTH
SAILING
MOVING ON
THE ACCOMPANIMENT OF COLUMNS
CONNOISSEURSHIP AND CAPITALS
CARVING COFFERING AND COLOUR
Altar
THE SANCTUARY
A LITURGICAL PROBLEM
COMMUNION
APOCALYPSE
PATRON SAINTS
CANOPIES
SQUARE AND CIRCLE CUBE AND SPHERE
Apse
THE PHOENIX AND THE PALM
A HALOED HEAD
HISTORY AND TECHNIQUE
A LITTLE RED STONE
HONORIUS THE FALLIBLE POPE
HONORIUS THE BUILDER
THE GIFT HE BEARS
PALLIUMS AND THE CEREMONY OF THE LAMBS
WHO IS THE OTHER POPE?
LIGHT AND LIFE
Chapels Left Side
CHRISTIAN INITIATION
GUILT AND SHAME FORGIVENESS AND REVENGE
THE PASCHAL CANDLE
MARY
MARY AND AGNES
THE CHILDREN OF MARY
MARY AND BERNADETTE
THE CHRISTMAS CRIB
AN ACCIDENT AND ITS AFTERMATH
TWO GENTLE MEN
THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS
Outside
A PORPHYRY SARCOPHAGUS AND ITS SETTING
MOSAIC TAPESTRIES OVERHEAD
THE DOMES GREAT LOST MOSAICS
BACCHIC REVELS
THE TWO APSE MOSAICS
THE CIRCLE AND THE CROSS
OF ROUNDNESS AND BAPTISM
CONSTANTINA THE GOOD
CONSTANTINA THE BAD
DETECTING THE SECRET FROM A SYLLABLE
ANOTHER AND ANOTHER AND ANOTHER
Road Crypt and Tower
PORTA PIA VIA PIA VIA NOMENTANA
AT THE CATACOMB OF SAINT ALEXANDER ON THE VIA NOMENTANA
THE PRAYING GIRL
THE EULOGY OF AGNES BY DAMASUS
THE SHRINE IN THE CATACOMB
INSIDE OUT
BONES ON THE MOVE
LURID LEGENDS
A BONE AND ITS STORY
THROUGH THE CATACOMB TO THE TOMB
BELLS
THE BELL TOWER
Tomb
VIRGINITY AND THE SAFETY OF THE CITY
HAGIOGRAPHY
A LITANY OF VIRGIN MARTYRS
SINGLENESS OF HEART
MIRACLE AFTER MIRACLE
RAPE AND VIRGINITY
THE SCAPEGOAT
THE LAMB
THE LIGHT AND THE LIFE
NOTES
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
About the Author
Copyright
About the Publisher
Copyright

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MARGARET VISSER is an award-winning author and essayist. Her previous five books, all bestsellers, have met with international acclaim. Much Depends on Dinner won the Glenfiddich Prize for Food Book of the Year and was named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly and The New York Times. The Rituals of Dinner won the IACP Literary Food Writing Award and the Jane Grigson Award, and was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her most recent book, The Geometry of Love, also the subject of a prize-winning documentary film, was a finalist for the Charles Taylor Prize. A professor of classics at York University for 18 years, she now devotes her time to research and writing. Visser lives in Toronto, Paris and the south of France.

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