Ante Pacem: Archaeological Evidence of Church Life Before Constantine

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With this book Professor Snyder has performed an incalculable service for students of early Christianity and the world of late antiquity. He analyzes in one lavishly illustrated volume every piece of evidence that can, with some degree of assurance, be dated before the triumph of the emperor Constantine at the Milvian Bridge in 312 C.E. thrust the nascent Christian culture "into a universal role as the formal religious expression of the Roman Empire."
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Overview

With this book Professor Snyder has performed an incalculable service for students of early Christianity and the world of late antiquity. He analyzes in one lavishly illustrated volume every piece of evidence that can, with some degree of assurance, be dated before the triumph of the emperor Constantine at the Milvian Bridge in 312 C.E. thrust the nascent Christian culture "into a universal role as the formal religious expression of the Roman Empire."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865548954
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 311
  • Sales rank: 820,726
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 History and Methodology of Early Christian Archaeology
I A History of the Discipline 5
II Methodology of Interpretation 9
III Contextual Methodology 14
Ch. 2 Early Christian Symbols
I Symbols of Conflict 27
II Symbols of Deliverance 35
III Symbols of Community 41
IV Symbol of Satisfaction 54
V Symbol of the Deliverer 55
VI Symbol of Supremacy 57
VII Symbol of Defeat 58
VIII The Invisible Symbol 64
Ch. 3 Pictorial Representations
I Frescoes 68
II Mosaics 73
III Sarcophagi 75
IV Sculptures 84
Ch. 4 Pictorial Interpretations
I The Jonah Cycle 90
II Noah in the Ark 95
III Daniel in the Lion's Den 96
IV Susanna and the Elders 98
V The Sacrifice of Isaac 99
VI Moses Striking the Rock 101
VII Adam and Eve 102
VIII The Three Young Men in the Fiery Furnace 104
IX Jesus 107
X The Baptism of Jesus 111
XI The Wise Men 113
XII Jesus the Healer 115
XIII The Resurrection of Lazarus 116
XIV The Woman at the Well 118
XV Jesus Teaching 119
XVI Christ Helios and the Ascension of Elijah 120
XVII The Fisherman 123
XVIII The Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes (The Meal) 124
Ch. 5 Early Church Buildings
I The Church at Dura-Europas 128
II The Domus Petri in Capharnaum 134
III The Double Church at Aquileia 137
IV The Tituli Churches of Rome 140
V Cemetery Structures 153
VI Baptistries 205
Ch. 6 Inscriptions and Graffiti
I Dated Inscriptions from Rome 210
II Inscriptions from Pre-Constantinian Sarcophagi 223
III Inscriptions form the Vatican Museum 229
IV Inscriptions from the Catacomb of Priscilla 233
V Inscriptions from the Upper Tembris Valley 238
VI Graffiti in the Triclia and Spring under S. Sebastiano 251
VII The Aedicula of St. Peter 258
VIII The Graffiti of the Domus Ecclesiae in Dura-Europos 263
IX Graffiti on the Choir of the Liebfrauenkirche in Trier 265
Ch. 7 Papyrus Documentation
I Letters 266
II Official Documents 285
III Contractural Documents 288
IV Prayers, Liturgies, Homilies, and Hymns 288
V Magical Papyri 290
Ch. 8 Summary
I Christology 295
II Ecclesiology 297
III Worship 298
IV Rural and Urban Christianity 300
V The State 302
VI Language 303
Index 305
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