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In recent years, art historians such as Johannes Deckers (Picturing the Bible, 2009) have argued for a significant transition in fourth- and fifth-century images of Jesus following the conversion of Constantine. Broadly speaking, they perceive the image of a peaceful, benevolent shepherd transformed into a powerful, enthroned Jesus, mimicking and mirroring the dominance and authority of the emperor. The powers of church and state are thus conveniently synthesized in such a potent image. This deeply rooted position assumes that ante-pacem images of Jesus were uniformly humble while post-Constantinian images exuded the grandeur of power and glory.

The Art of Empire contends that the art and imagery of Late Antiquity merits a more nuanced understanding of the context of the imperial period before and after Constantine. The chapters in this collection each treat an aspect of the relationship between early Christian art and the rituals, practices, or imagery of the Empire, and offer a new and fresh perspective on the development of Christian art in its imperial background.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. Allusions to Imperial Rituals in Fourth-Century Christian Art
  2. Robin M. Jensen
  3. pp. 13-48
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  1. Revisiting the Emperor Mystique: The Traditio Legis as an Anti-Imperial Image
  2. Lee M. Jefferson
  3. p. 49
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  1. The Memory of “Peter” in Fourth-Century Rome: Church, Mausoleum, and Jupiter on the Via Praenestina
  2. Douglas Boin
  3. pp. 74-101
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  1. From Victim to Victor: Developing an Iconography of Suffering in Early Christian Art
  2. Felicity Harley-McGowan
  3. pp. 102-145
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  1. The Good Shepherd and the Enthroned Ruler: A Reconsideration of Imperial Iconography in the Early Church
  2. Jennifer Awes Freeman
  3. pp. 146-183
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  1. Representing Ritual, Christianizing the pompa circensis: Imperial Spectacle at Rome in a Christianizing Empire
  2. Jacob A. Latham
  3. pp. 184-211
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  1. Was the Presence of Christ in Statues? The Challenge of Divine Media for a Jewish Roman God
  2. Michael Peppard
  3. pp. 212-257
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  1. The Visualization of the Imperial Cult in Late Antique Constantinople
  2. Katherine Marsengill
  3. pp. 258-293
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  1. Does the Hinton St. Mary Mosaic Depict Christ?
  2. Adam Levine
  3. pp. 294-337
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 338-343
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  1. Back Cover
  2. p. 344
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781506402840
Related ISBN
9781451487664
MARC Record
OCLC
929784733
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2015-11-27
Language
English
Open Access
No
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