Abstract

Primary data for the late antique Peloponnese consist mainly of the archaeological remains of churches, some epigraphic material, and a small number of historical sources. The application of theories such as creeping determinism, issues of memory, and spatial analysis permit a re-examination of architecture, enabling a discussion of both the function of churches and the Christianization process. It is suggested here that the monumentalization of Christianity spread through network hubs and that Christianization involved a calculated use of space to enable a smooth adoption of the new religion that consolidated the role of the church in the economic and socio-political life of the Peloponnesian communities through the use of memory and the use of new foci.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1942-1273
Print ISSN
1939-6716
Pages
pp. 203-261
Launched on MUSE
2010-12-09
Open Access
No
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