Christian Responses to Roman Art and Architecture: The Second-Century Church amid the Spaces of Empire (Paperback)Laura Salah Nasrallah (author)
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 610 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 19 mm
'... we should end our review of Nasrallah's work with a real sense of gratitude for a work of intriguingly suggestive and thoughtful scholarship.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History
'... the book is ambitious in its methodology and reach, but Nasrallah has offered a cogent and well-organised thesis that is well worth reading. This art historian learned some new ways of viewing well-known works of art, which made this a rewarding read.' Journal of Church History
'This excellent book is a delight to read, and should garner the avid attention of anyone interested in early Christianity and its engagement with Roman culture, or in the spatial and material readings of ancient texts more generally. It is hard to do justice to the outstanding quality of the work ... or the insights that dot every page. The mastery of the secondary literature both for the ancient texts and for the archaeological examples is enviable in its breadth and depth, as well as its theoretical sophistication. Also deserving of note (and emulation!) is Nasrallah's generous and engaged treatment of her colleagues' work, and her lively, fluid style ... an unqualified success at its goal, to 'stimulate the reader's imagination to question the prescriptive rhetoric of elite sources, to think spatially, and to look to archaeological materials as well as literary'.' Journal of the American Academy of Religion
"...provocative, convincing book... A must read for scholars and students of early Christianity, classics, and ancient history. Essential." --Choice
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