The Clash of Gods: A Reinterpretation of Early Christian Art / Edition 1

The Clash of Gods: A Reinterpretation of Early Christian Art / Edition 1

by Thomas F. Mathews
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691009392

ISBN-13: 9780691009391

Pub. Date: 04/05/1999

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Between the third and sixth centuries, the ancient gods, goddesses, and heroes who had populated the imagination of humankind for a millennium were replaced by a new imagery of Christ and his saints. Thomas Mathews explores the many different, often surprising, artistic images and religious interpretations of Christ during this period. He challenges the accepted

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Between the third and sixth centuries, the ancient gods, goddesses, and heroes who had populated the imagination of humankind for a millennium were replaced by a new imagery of Christ and his saints. Thomas Mathews explores the many different, often surprising, artistic images and religious interpretations of Christ during this period. He challenges the accepted theory of the "Emperor Mystique," which, interpreting Christ as king, derives the vocabulary of Christian art from the propagandistic imagery of the Roman emperor. This revised edition contains a new preface by the author and a new chapter on the origin and development of icons in private domestic cult.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691009391
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/05/1999
Series:
Princeton Paperbacks Series
Edition description:
Revised and Expanded
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,013,048
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1The Mistake of the Emperor Mystique3
Ch. 2The Chariot and the Donkey23
Ch. 3The Magician54
Ch. 4Larger-than-Life92
Ch. 5Christ Chameleon115
Ch. 6Convergence142
Ch. 7The Intimate Icon177
List of Abbreviations181
Notes183
List of Figures205
Index213

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