Divine Heiress

Divine Heiress

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by Vasiliki Limberis
     
 

Divine Heiress explores the vital role of the Virgin Mary in the cultural and religious life of Constantinople in late antiquity. It shows how she was transformed from a humble Jewish maiden into a divine figure and supernatural protector of Constantinople.
Vasiliki Limberis examines the cult of Mary in the context of the religious culture of the

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Divine Heiress explores the vital role of the Virgin Mary in the cultural and religious life of Constantinople in late antiquity. It shows how she was transformed from a humble Jewish maiden into a divine figure and supernatural protector of Constantinople.
Vasiliki Limberis examines the cult of Mary in the context of the religious culture of the Mediterranean world and the imperial Christianity of the Roman Empire. The author looks at all the evidence for the cult but pays particular attention to the early hymns to the virgin. These hymns preserved the strong indigenous goddess traditions of Demeter/Persephone, Isis, Hecate and Athena. By studying them the author places the cult of Mary in its historical and cultural context.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415096775
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/01/1994
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction1
Pt. IMary's introduction to the new empire
1Greco-Roman civic religion versus "The Kingdom of God on Earth"7
2The Theodosians and paganism30
3Theodosius, Pulcheria, and the civic ceremonies47
4Imperial cult, panegyric, and the Theotokos62
Pt. IIMary's inheritance
5The hierarchs' Mary101
6Byzantium's bequest to the Theotokos121
Conclusion143
Map of Constantinople148
Appendix: The Akathistos Hymn149
Notes159
References187
Index195

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