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Author Holloway, R. Ross, 1934-2022

Title Constantine & Rome / R. Ross Holloway
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2004
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 191 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents Constantine and the Christians -- The Arches -- Basilicas, baptistry, and burial -- The Tomb of St. Peter
Summary Constantine the Great (285-337) played a crucial role in mediating between the pagan, imperial past of the city of Rome, which he conquered in 312, and its future as a Christian capital. In this learned and highly readable book, Ross Holloway examines Constantine's remarkable building programme in Rome. Holloway begins by examining the Christian Church in the period before the Peace of 313, when Constantine and his co-emperor Licinius ended the persecution of the Christians. He then focuses on the structure, style, and significance of important monuments: the Arch of Constantine and the two great Christian basilicas, St. John's in the Lateran and St. Peter's, as well as the imperial mausoleum at Tor Pignatara. In a final chapter Holloway advances a new interpretation of the archaeology of the Tomb of St. Peter beneath the high altar of St. Peter's Basilica. The tomb, he concludes, was not the original resting place of the remains venerated as those of the Apostle but was created only in 251 by Pope Cornelius. Drawing on the most up-to-date archaeological evidence, he describes a cityscape that was at once Christian and pagan, mirroring the personality of its ruler
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-186) and index
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Subject Constantine I, Emperor of Rome, -337 -- Art patronage
Constantine I, Emperor of Rome, -337.
Architecture, Early Christian -- Italy -- Rome
Architecture -- Italy -- Rome
Christianity and art -- Italy -- Rome
ARCHITECTURE -- History -- General.
Architecture, Early Christian.
Art patronage.
Christianity and art.
Rome (Italy) -- Buildings, structures, etc
Italy -- Rome.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780300129717
Other Titles Constantine and Rome