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Making and Breaking the Gods

Christian Responses to Pagan Sculpture in Late Antiquity

A part of the series Aarhus Studies in Mediterranean Antiquity (12) og the subject areas , og


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297 pages ill.
Hardback
ISBN 978 87 7124 089 4

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Drawing on both textual and archaeological sources, this book discusses how Christians in Late Antiquity negotiated the sculptural environment of cities and sanctuaries in a variety of ways, ranging from creative transformations to iconoclastic performances. Their responses to pagan sculpture present a rich window into the mechanisms through which society and culture changed under the influence of Christianity. The book thus demonstrates how Christian responses to pagan sculpture rhetorically continued an old tradition of discussing visual practices and the materiality of divine representations. Focusing in particular on the Egypt and the Near East, it furthermore argues that Christian responses encompass much more than mindless violence and need to be contextualised against other social and political developments, as well as local traditions of representation.

Table of contents

Introduction:
Driving Demons Away: The World of Demeas

Chapter 1:
Making and Breaking the Gods: From Roman Visual Practices to Christian Response

Chapter 2:
The Semantics of Response: Pagan Sculpture in the Sacred
Spaces of Egypt

Chapter 3:
Re-Imagining Idols: Christian Responses to Pagan Sculpture
in the Urban Spaces of the Near East

Conclusion:
Christian Response and the Viewing Culture of Late Antiquity

 

 

Sanne Lind Hansen

Sanne

MA in ethnography and classical archeology, and trained from the Danish School of Journalism. Sanne works primarily with the travel books series Vide verden and publications in anthropology, archeology and early history. She is also responsible for foreign sales and commission agreements, and is the longest serving editor at the Press. A generation ago, she was employed at Antiquities at the National Museum.

Sanne Lind Hansen

Editor

Telephone: 53 55 07 59

slh@unipress.au.dk

Press reviews

"This is a beautiful book, well bound, nicely laid out and brilliantly illustrated in colour. ...  This volume is bound to become a central point of reference for much scholarly discussion and many more publications."

Philipp Niewöhner, The Classical Review

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