From Temple to Church: Destruction and Renewal of Local Cultic Topography in Late Antiquity

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Johannes Hahn, Stephen Emmel, Ulrich Gotter
BRILL, 2008 - Religion - 378 pages
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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 eventsa (TM) far-reaching symbolic significance and of their immediate impact as demonstrations of political power and religious conviction. Joined in any a oetemple-destructiona 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 a oetemple-destructiona 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 a oefrom temple to churcha .

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Analysing a Late Antique Phenomenon of Transformation Stephen Emmel Ulrich Gotter and Johannes Hahn
Chapter Two Models and Evidence in the Study of Religion in Late Roman Egypt Roger S Bagnall
Chapter Three RechtgläubigePaganeHäretiker Templezerstörungen in der Kirchengeschichtsschreibung und das Bild der christlichen Kaiser Ulrich G...
Pagan Temples in the Monastic Topography of FourthCentury Egypt David Brakke
Chapter Five The Christianization of Pagan Temples in the Greek Hagiographical Texts Helen Saradi
Christian Treatments of Space and Image David Frankfurter
Rhetoric and Reality Stephen Emmel
Chapter Eight Die Zerstörung der kulte von Philae Geschichte und Legende am ersten Nilkatarakt Johannes Hahn
Chapter Nine The Conversion of the Temple of Aphrodite at Aphrodisias in Context Angelos Chaniotis
Chapter Ten Continuity and Change in the Cultic Topography of Late Antique Palestine Doron Bar
Chapter Eleven Modalitäten der Zerstörung und Christianisierung pharaonischer Tempelanlagen Peter Grossmann
The Destruction of the Serapeum 392 AD and Loving City Johannes Hahn
Index of Ancient Sources
General Index

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Johannes Hahn, Ph.D. (1986) and Habilitation (1993), Heidelberg University, is Professor of Ancient History at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. He has published primarily on Roman imperial history and late antiquity, including Gewalt und religiöser Konflikt. Studien zu den Auseinandersetzungen zwischen Christen, Heiden und Juden im Osten des Römischen Reiches (Akademie Verlag, 2004).
Stephen Emmel, Ph.D. (1993) in Religious Studies, Yale University, is Professor of Coptology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. He has published extensively on Coptic philology and Coptic literature, including Shenoute's Literary Corpus (Peeters, 2004).
Ulrich Gotter, Ph.D. (1992) and Habilitation (2002), Freiburg University, is Professor of Ancient History at the Universität Konstanz. He has published on Roman republican history, Roman historiography, and processes of acculturation and of Christianization and is currently working on monarchy in the ancient world.

The contributors to this volume are: Roger S. Bagnall, Doron Bar, David Brakke, Angelos Chaniotis, Stephen Emmel, David Frankfurter, Ulrich Gotter, Peter Grossmann, Johannes Hahn, and Helen Saradi.

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