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H 297 x W 210 mm

146 pages

Extensively illustrated with 56 plates, 3 in colour

Published Apr 2015

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784910815

Digital: 9781784910822

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The Traditio Legis: Anatomy of an Image

By Robert Couzin

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This monograph engages in a close reading of the traditio legis, highlighting its novelty and complexity to early Christian viewers. The image is analyzed as a conflation of two distinct forms of representation, each constructed of unusual and potentially multivalent elements.



Preface Part I. An introduction to the image Chapter 1: The invention of the traditio legis 1.1 Nomenclature 1.2 Definition Chapter 2: The corpus of monuments 2.1 Sarcophagi 2.2 Other media 2.3 Summary Chapter 3: Dating Chapter 4: Visibility Part II. Meaning and reception Chapter 5: The three men Chapter 6: The Lord’s right side 6.1 Paul 6.2 Christ 6.3 The Lord omnipotent Chapter 7: The Lord’s left side 7.1 Christ 7.2 Peter 7.3 The book Chapter 8: Framing and context 8.1 Structures and cities 8.2 Other figures and scenes 8.3 Symbolic forms 8.4 Family representations Chapter 9: Synthesis 9.1 Left and right 9.2 This world and the next 9.3 Eschatological, Apocalyptic or apocalyptic 9.4 Epilogue Abbreviations Sources Bibliography Figures Index of Objects and Monuments