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
ISBN-10:
0691009392
ISBN-13:
9780691009391
Pub. Date:
04/05/1999
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
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The Clash of Gods: A Reinterpretation of Early Christian Art / Edition 1

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: 872,852
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Ch. 1 The Mistake of the Emperor Mystique 3

Ch. 2 The Chariot and the Donkey 23

Ch. 3 The Magician 54

Ch. 4 Larger-than-Life 92

Ch. 5 Christ Chameleon 115

Ch. 6 Convergence 142

Ch. 7 The Intimate Icon 177

List of Abbreviations 181

Notes 183

List of Figures 205

Index 213

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