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4 lectures on DVD
For three centuries the infant Church struggled against Imperial Rome’s legal system and government bureaucracy which had branded Christianity as an “illegal religion.” Many of the Church Fathers advocated a complete rejection of everything pagan: literature, painting, sculpture, entertainment, architecture, and music. But when Constantine I legalized the faith and the House of Constantine patronized the Church, an about-face occurred. As befitting an imperial faith, the Church now utilized many of the artistic and architectural motifs it once rejected; it “baptized” many pagan symbols and put them at the service of the faith.
In this lecture series we will pay special attention to the finds of the catacombs, the early Christian statuary of the newly re-opened Pio Christian collection in the Vatican Museums, and the mosaics of the earliest churches of Rome.
The lectures are richly illustrated with images, and course materials include detailed lecture notes and an extensive syllabus including maps and ground plans.
The Good Shepherd
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