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In: Sacred Thresholds: The Door to the Sanctuary in Late Antiquity
In: Sacred Thresholds: The Door to the Sanctuary in Late Antiquity
Volume Editor: Roald Dijkstra
The apostle Peter gradually became one of the most famous figures of the ancient world. His almost undisputed reputation made the disciple an exquisite anchor by which new practices within and outside the Church could be established, including innovations in fields as diverse as architecture, art, cult, epigraphy, liturgy, poetry and politics. This interdisciplinary volume inquires the way in which the figure of Peter functioned as an anchor for various people from different periods and geographical areas. The concept of Anchoring Innovation is used to investigate the history of the reception of the apostle Peter from the first century up to Charlemagne, revealing as much about Peter as about the context in which this reception took place.
In: The Early Reception and Appropriation of the Apostle Peter (60-800 CE)
In: The Early Reception and Appropriation of the Apostle Peter (60-800 CE)
In: The Early Reception and Appropriation of the Apostle Peter (60-800 CE)
In: The Early Reception and Appropriation of the Apostle Peter (60-800 CE)
In: The Early Reception and Appropriation of the Apostle Peter (60-800 CE)
In: The Early Reception and Appropriation of the Apostle Peter (60-800 CE)
Author: Roald Dijkstra

Abstract

The apostle Peter became a widespread and popular Christian figure soon after his death. Therefore, he was used as an anchor for new practices and innovations introduced by people from different communities in the late antique and early mediaeval society. The role of Peter as a saint and anchor can only be captured by an interdisciplinary approach that takes the relevant historical circumstances and dynamics into account. First, Peter had to be anchored in Roman society. Only then came a second phase in which he could become a powerful anchor himself in domains as diverse as architecture, art, epigraphy, literature, liturgy and politics. The gradual emergence of a petrine topography in the city of Rome greatly contributed to the apostle's status and was closely linked to literary and iconographical developments. The legend of Peter’s water miracle, the apostle’s connection to the Roman Forum and his biographies in Jerome’s De viris illustribus and the Liber Pontifcalis are especially highlighted.

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In: The Early Reception and Appropriation of the Apostle Peter (60-800 CE)