The Social Origins of Christian Architecture: Texts and Monuments for the Christian Domus Ecclesiae in Its Environment

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Trinity Press International, Jan 1, 1997 - Social Science - 520 pages
Early Christianity seems not to have had a highly developed institutional character. Christians met in the homes of individual members, and there was no such thing as a church building. By the fourth century, however, Christianity had become an official Roman religion, and a new architectural form, the basilica, would soon become the standard throughout the Roman world. In this volume Michael White uses literary, archaeological, and documentary sources to set the architectural history of the early church within its wider cultural context, showing how the change from house churches to public basilicas coincided with crucial developments in the social aspects and religious practices of the emergent Christian movement.

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L. Michael White is Ronald Nelson Smith Chair in Classics and Christian Origins and the director of the Institute for the Study of Antiquity and Christian Origins at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of From Jesus to Christianity and has been featured in and co-written two award-winning PBS Frontline documentaries.

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