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

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $277.31
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (1) from $277.31   
  • Used (1) from $277.31   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Very Good
2015 Hardback NEAR FINE 9789004131415 Hardback, xii, 380 pp This listing is a new book, a title currently in-print which we order directly and immediately from the publisher. ... Print on Demand title, produced to the highest standard, and there would be a delay in dispatch of around 15 working days. *****PLEASE NOTE: This item is shipping from an authorized seller in Europe. In the event that a return is necessary, you will be able to return your item within the US. To learn more about our European sellers and policies see the BookQuest FAQ section***** Read more Show Less

Ships from: Stroud, Glos, United Kingdom

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by


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 events’ far-reaching symbolic significance and of their immediate impact as demonstrations of political power and religious conviction. Joined in any “temple-destruction” 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 “temple-destruction” 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 “from temple to church”.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004131415
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/30/2008
  • Series: Religions in the Graeco-Roman World Series, #163
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of Figures


Ch. 1 "From Temple to Church": Analysing a Late Antique Phenomenon of Transformation Stephen Emmel Emmel, Stephen Ulrich Gotter Gotter, Ulrich Johannes Hahn Hahn, Johannes 1

Ch. 2 Models and Evidence in the Study of Religion in Late Roman Egypt Roger S. Bagnall Bagnall, Roger S. 23

Ch. 3 Rechtglaubige - Pagane - Haretiker. Tempelzerstorungen in der Kirchengeschichtsschreibung und das Bild der christlichen Kaiser Ulrich Gotter Gotter, Ulrich 43

Ch. 4 From Temple to Cell, from Gods to Demons: Pagan Temples in the Monastic Topography of Fourth-Century Egypt David Brakke Brakke, David 91

Ch. 5 The Christianization of Pagan Temples in the Greek Hagiographical Texts Helen Saradi Saradi, Helen 113

Ch. 6 Iconoclasm and Christianization in Late Antique Egypt: Christian Treatments of Space and Image David Frankfurter Frankfurter, David 135

Ch. 7 Shenoute of Atripe and the Christian Destruction of Temples in Egypt: Rhetoric and Reality Stephen Emmel Emmel, Stephen 161

Ch. 8 Die Zerstorung der Kulte von Philae. Geschichte und Legende am ersten Nilkatarakt Johannes Hahn Hahn, Johannes 203

Ch. 9 The Conversion of the Temple of Aphrodite at Aphroclisias in Context Angelos Chaniotis Chaniotis, Angelos 243

Ch. 10 Continuity and Change in the Cultic Topography of Late Antique Palestine Doron Bar Bar, Doron 275

Ch. 11 Modalitaten der Zerstorung und Christianisierung pharaoniseher Tempelanlagen Peter Grossmann Grossmann, Peter 299

Ch. 12 The Conversion of the Cult Statues: The Destruction of the Serapeum 392 A.D. and the Transformation of Alexandria into the "Christ-Loving" City Johannes Hahn Hahn, Johannes 335

Index of AncientSources

A Biblical books 367

B Ancient authors and works 367

C Inscriptions and graffiti 371

D Papyri 372

General Index 373

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)