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

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Overview

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”.

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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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Table of Contents

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Abbreviations

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

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