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Sacred thresholds : the door to the sanctuary in late antiquity

Author: Emilie Marlène van Opstall
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2018]
Series: Religions in the Graeco-Roman world, v. 185.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Sacred Thresholds. The Door to the Sanctuary in Late Antiquity' offers a far-reaching account of boundaries within pagan and Christian sanctuaries: gateways in a precinct, outer doors of a temple or church, inner doors of a cella. The study of these liminal spaces within Late Antiquity - itself a key period of transition during the spread of Christianity, when cultural paradigms were redefined - demands an approach  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Sacred thresholds
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2018
(DLC) 2018023519
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Emilie Marlène van Opstall
ISBN: 9789004368590 9004368590
OCLC Number: 1028823374
Description: xiii, 376 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Contents: Part 1: Experiencing sacred thresholds. On the threshhold: Paul the Silentiary's Ekphrasis of Hagia Sophia / Emilie M. van Opstall --
Entering the baptistry: Spatial, identity and salvific transitions in fourth- and fifth-century baptismal liturgies / Juliette Day --
From taboo to icon: The entrance to and the exit from the church in the first three Greek liturgical commentaries (ca. 500-730 CE) / Christian Boudignon --
Bonus intra, melior exit!: 'Inside' and 'outside' at Greek incubation sanctuaries / Ildikó Csepregi. Part 2: Symbolism and allegory of sanctuary doors. Sanctuary doors, vestibules and Adyta in the works of neoplatonic philosophers / Lucia M. Tissi --
The paradise of St. Peters / Sible L. de Blaauw --
Imagining the entrance to the afterlife: Peter as the gatekeeper of heaven in early Christianity / Roald Dijkstra. Part 3: Messages in stone. The Queen of Inscriptions contextualized: The presence of civic inscriptions in the pronaos of ancient temples in Hellenistic and Roman Asia Minor (fourth century BCE-second century CE) / Evelien J.J. Roels --
Versus De Limine and In Limine: Displaying Greek paideia at the entrance of early Christian churches / Gianfranco Agosti --
The door to the sanctuary from Paulinis of Nola to Gregory of Tours / Enduring characteristics and evolutions from the Theodosian to the Merovingian period / Gaëlle Herbert de la Portbarré-Viard. Part 4: The Presence of the Divine. Filters of lights: Greek temple doors as portals of epiphany / Christina G. Williamson --
The other door to the santuary: The apse and divine entry in the early Byzantine church / Brooke Shilling.
Series Title: Religions in the Graeco-Roman world, v. 185.
Other Titles: Door to the sanctuary in late antiquity
Responsibility: edited by Emilie B. van Opstall.

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Sacred Thresholds. The Door to the Sanctuary in Late Antiquity' offers a far-reaching account of boundaries within pagan and Christian sanctuaries: gateways in a precinct, outer doors of a temple or church, inner doors of a cella. The study of these liminal spaces within Late Antiquity - itself a key period of transition during the spread of Christianity, when cultural paradigms were redefined - demands an approach that is both interdisciplinary and diachronic. Emilie van Opstall brings together both upcoming and noted scholars of Greek and Latin literature and epigraphy, archaeology, art history, philosophy, and religion to discuss the experience of those who crossed from the worldly to the divine, both physically and symbolically. What did this passage from the profane to the sacred mean to them, on a sensory, emotive and intellectual level? Who was excluded, and who was admitted? The articles each offer a unique perspective on pagan and Christian sanctuary doors in the Late Antique Mediterranean.

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