The Afterlife in Early Christian Carthage: Near-Death Experiences, Ancestor Cult, and the Archaeology of Paradise - Routledge Studies in the Early Christian World (Paperback)
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The Afterlife in Early Christian Carthage: Near-Death Experiences, Ancestor Cult, and the Archaeology of Paradise - Routledge Studies in the Early Christian World (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 11/01/2019
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The Afterlife in Early Christian Carthage explores how the visionary experiences of early Christian martyrs shaped and informed early Christian ancestor cult and the construction of the cemetery as paradise. Taking the early Christian cemeteries in Carthage as a case study, the volume broadens our understanding of the historical and cultural origins of the early Christian cult of the saints, and highlights the often divergent views about the dead and post-mortem realms expressed by the church fathers, and in graveside ritual and the material culture of the cemetery. This fascinating study is a key resource for students of late antique and early Christian culture.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780367139643
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 472 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm


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A rich, interdisciplinary study, The Afterlife in Early Christian Carthage is an important read for anyone interested in the development of Christianity in the late Roman Empire. As Stephen Pothoff shows us, paradoxically, it is through the examination of death - its ubiquity and attendant rituals, the need to mourn and bury the dead, the creation of cemeteries and cemeterial churches - that third-century North African Christianity comes alive. The author walks us into the thought-worlds of these Christians - their dreams, aspirations, and sure knowledge of what awaited them after death - through his careful study of their literature, epitaphs, material culture, and the archaeology they left behind, unlocking new worlds for us to explore.

-Professor Nicola Denzey Lewis, Brown University, USA

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