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Entering the Baptistery

Spatial, Identity and Salvific Transitions in Fourth- and Fifth-Century Baptismal Liturgies


Juliette Day

this happens is dependent on the physical, verbal and emotional elements of the rite. In the analysis which follows, I will present the rituals at the door of the baptistery in Milan in 390’s as described by Ambrose, and those at the door of the baptistery of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem at a

The Door to the Sanctuary from Paulinus of Nola to Gregory of Tours

Enduring Characteristics and Evolutions from the Theodosian to the Merovingian Period1


Gaëlle Herbert de la Portbarré-Viard

in the troubled historical context of Merovingian Gaul, other meanings, which were present in a lesser way in Paulinus’ works, gained in importance. A case in point is the association between the door to the sanctuary and miraculous healings and their protective purpose in a violent political and

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

temple walls presented the rulings of Apollo’s oracle regarding the priesthoods organisation as well as the names of those citizens who were chosen to serve as priest. The priest lists turned these walls into a conspicuous place of self-representation, since the priesthood formed one of the most

Filters of Light

Greek Temple Doors as Portals of Epiphany


Christina G. Williamson

illuminates the space of the door as one of power, a mediator between past and present, and a regulator of access and restriction. While not every place of cult included a temple, those that did generally featured some kind of monumental doorway. 2 This entrance had a purpose of its own. Temple doors did not

Versus De Limine and In Limine

Displaying Greek paideia at the Entrance of Early Christian Churches


Gianfranco Agosti

Words: Sermons and Social Status in Constantinople under the Theodosian Society’ , in L. van Hoof and P. van Nuffelen (eds) Literature and Society in the Fourth Century AD. Performing Paideia, Constructing the Present, Presenting the Self . Leiden/Boston : 201 – 217 . Papalexandrou , A

The Other Door to the Sanctuary

The Apse and Divine Entry in the Early Byzantine Church


Brooke Shilling

apostles and underscore the relationship between the apostles and the clergy, who were charged with communicating the Word of God. 7 From at least the sixth century onwards, theophanies of Christ, conveyed by a mandorla of light or by an accumulation of clouds, present the apse conch or apse wall as a


Emilie M. van Opstall

always what Smith refers to as a ‘storied place’ connected to a culturally important narrative (Smith 2008). The present book aims to elucidate the transition from the worldly to the divine by focussing on doors leading to spaces considered to be holy in Late Antiquity. In ‘pagan’ 2 as well as in

On the Threshold

Paul the Silentiary’s Ekphrasis of Hagia Sophia


Emilie M. van Opstall

panegyric. Thus, Paul’s poem is a panegyric with a strong political message, attributing an important role to the agency of the emperor in the (re-)construction of the church. Justinian is presented as the highly esteemed patron who quickly rebuilt the church with its magnificent dome, turning it into a

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

surprising: 25 ‘Earth’ for the high priest, and ‘virtue’ for the laity. They refer to the presentation of the church as a kind of magical box operating through its relation to God, the World or Humanity. In the second chapter of the Mystagogia , the nave is presented as Earth, as opposed to Heaven

Bonus Intra, Melior Exi!

‘Inside’ and ‘Outside’ at Greek Incubation Sanctuaries


Ildikó Csepregi

. It found its way into Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In parts of the Mediterranean world, especially rural areas, Catholic, Orthodox, or Muslim, it has survived to the present day. I do not intend to suggest that we are dealing with continuity of ritual, since the theological framework of each cult