God and Gold in Late Antiquity

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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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"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

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