The recruiting power of Christianity - Sible de Blaauw - Eric M. Moormann - Daniëlle Slootjes - Papers of the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, 68


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    This collection of essays addresses the question of the recruiting power of Christianity within the Roman Empire, seen through the lens of the material and visual culture of the city of Rome. Its making was inspired by the exhibition Rome: The Dream of the Emperor Constantine in the De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam (2015-2016). The subject ot he exhibition was the breakthrough of Christianity as the dominant religion in the heterogeneous, dynamic and multifaceted city of Rome in Late Antiquity. It raised a number of questions related to the underlying issue regardin the appeal of the Christian religion in Roma society. This volume offers an in depth discussion of these questions by various experts. The subjects covered are:

    - The role of the city of Rome as a stage of the process

    - multi-religious dynamics

    - the aesthetics of Roman non-Christian and Christian art

    - the representation of the divine

    - the durability of the attractive concepts of Early Christianity throughout history

    - the invention of Late Antiquity and the appreciation of Early Christian art in a museological and scholarly context


    1. Sible de Blaauw, Early Christian Art Exhibited and Re-considered: By way of an Introduction

    2. John Curran, The Transformation of the Christian Community in Rome

    3. Eric M. Moormann, Symbolic Meaning of the Romany Funerary Art in Late Antiquity

    4. Paolo Liverani, Christian Concepts and Roman Grammar in Late Antique Art

    5. Feyo L. Schuddeboom, Violence and Recruitment: The End of Mithraea in Late Antique Rome

    6. Maria Lidova, From Shepherd to God: Images of Christ in the Fourth Century 89

    7. Paul van Geest, ‘We shepherd you, we are shepherded with you’: Augustine on the Motives of a Good Shepherd

    8. Marianne Sághy, Heavenly Patrons: Epigraphy and the Material Culture of Martyr Commemoration in Damasan Rome

    9. Daniëlle Slootjes, Christian Martyrdom in Historical Perspective: On the Origins of the Story of Saint Catherine of Alexandria

    10. Ingo Herklotz, Philip Neri in the Catacombs: Myth and Iconography

    11. Arnold Nesselrath, Alessandro VellaFrans Floris: Wrestling with Beasts in the Colosseum

    12. Diederik Burgersdijk, Constantine the Great in Seventeenth-Century Art of the Netherlands: Iconography, Tradition and Ancient Sources

    List of exhibited objects Amsterdam 2015-2016
    List of illustrations
    Index of Names, Places, and Subjects
    List of contributors