Clash of Gods A Reinterpretation of Early Christian Art

ISBN-10: 0691009392
ISBN-13: 9780691009391
Edition: 2nd 1999 (Revised)
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $52.50
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 4/25/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 7.75" wide x 10.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

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.

Acknowledgments
The Mistake of the Emperor Mystique
The Chariot and the Donkey
The Magician
Larger-than-Life
Christ Chameleon
Convergence
The Intimate Icon
List of Abbreviations
Notes
List of Figures
Index

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