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God and Gold in Late Antiquity - Dominic Janes

God and Gold in Late Antiquity

Paperback Published: 27th October 2011
ISBN: 9780521158749
Number Of Pages: 228

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This study explains the rise of the Christian grandeur of great churches in late antiquity and the Middle Ages. From the fourth century churches were paid for in gold--and were often decorated with it--in apparent contradiction to Christ's message of poverty and simplicity. Previous books have focused either on art historical imagery or on theological disputes. This pioneering study employs modern theories concerning imagery and allegory to enable us to understand the ancient and medieval world view and the textual and artistic legacy of that age.

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Review of the hardback: ' ... effectively aligns language and art to address fundamental questions of symbolic communication and interpretation in late Antiquity ... Janes utilizes superbly the language of art and literature to make vivid to the reader the interdependence of the two ... This book fills a need in the field, as it complements the recent work of Peter Brown, Thomas Matthews, Henry Maguire, Averil Cameron and Lix James, among others ... we can now perceive the 'visual theatre' of church interiors in a new way.' Church History
Review of the hardback: ' ... the book is engaging and stimulating, containing much thought-provoking material ... Janes is to be commended for a study which leaves its readers in no doubt of the centrality of luxury materials in conveying the message of the late Antique church.' Antiquity
Review of the hardback: 'God and Gold in Late Antiquity gives a good and often quite beautiful picture of this interaction, [between earth and heaven] and of the means used to achieve it. In his introduction the author says he is an atheist, this is the only superfluous statement in the book.' Der Volksrant
Review of the hardback: ' ... a thought-provoking book ... impressive for its depth of knowledge, its bringing together fields usually studied in isolation, and the scope of its argument'. Early Medieval Europe
"His eclectic and combined methodology effectively aligns language and art to address fundemental questions of symbolic communication and interpretation in late antiquity." Church History
"...the readership for this book will not be limited to specialists, for Jane's graceful, jargon-free style will certainly appeal to a wider circle." John Charles Arnold, Religious Studies Review
"There is much valuable information here, and I recommend this book to students of late antiquity..." The Catholic Historical Review
"...Janes's painstaking analysis of the theme results in an interesting and illuminating book...[which] provides important new insights into the perceptions and attitudes of those who lived through that complex period of history when the classical world was transforming itself into the early-medieval one. It should be widely read and will inspire further debate and research." Speculum

List of illustrations
Note on conventions
List of abbreviations
Roman splendour
The riches of scripture
The art of persuasion
The Christian display of wealth
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ISBN: 9780521158749
ISBN-10: 0521158745
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 27th October 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 17.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.41