The Archaeology of Early Christianity
[ Ouvrage] : a History / [Frend, William Hugh Clifford]Publication : London : Goeffrey Chapman, 1997, cop. 1986 Description : 412 p. : ill.ISBN : 0225668505.Langue : Anglais. Auteur principal: Frend, William Hugh Clifford (1916-2005) Sujets:archéologie -- province -- historiographie -- église -- méthodologie -- paléochristianisme -- catacombes Chrono: Antiquité romaine Lieux:Afrique du Nord -- Monde romain oriental -- Monde romain occidental -- Asie mineure -- Europe -- Balkans
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Early Christian archaeology begins with the empress Helena's discovery of the 'True Cross'. By the Renaissance it had become a science. Today, improved methods and a series of important finds have resulted in international co-operation to salvage the world's Christian heritage. The author sets the study of Christian archaeology in its religious, national and political framework. In this, he has made a major contribution to our understanding of the history of Christian mission - including the non-orthodox traditions - and of the context in which it has unforded. It is the fist study of its kind, and therefore academically important, but the author's vivid accouts of his own experience as an archaeologist working on site make this a fascinating read as well.