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Leprosy and Plague in St Giles in the Fields

Author and historian, Rebecca Rideal, on leprosy in London during the Middles Ages and Early Modern period.

Early Christian Mosaic Floor discovered in Nazareth

Mosaic floor found under the Church of the Annunciation is believed to date to the fourth century.

Katherine of Alexandria: Decline of an Empire

According to hagiographers, (C)Katherine was a princess, the daughter of Roman governor named Constus. She was well educated, beautiful and highly intelligent. She converted to Christianity at the age of 13 or 14 and caught the eye of the Roman Emperor, Maxentius (278-318 AD).

Places to See: Notre Dame – Part I

Part I of my initial visit to stunning Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.

Unexpected Evidence concerning Gold Mining in Early Byzantium

One of the consequences of the decline of Roman imperial might was the shortage of slaves at state-run mines. Consequently, criminals were often sentenced to damnatio ad metallum. The need for gold especially soared when the gold solidus was introduced at the beginning of the fourth century.

Amending the Ascetic: Community and Character in the Old English Life of St. Mary of Egypt

Among the most eligible saints for such treatment, Mary of Egypt deserves particular consideration: her popularity is evidenced by over a hundred extant Greek manuscripts of her Life and her uniquely prominent position in the Lenten liturgical cycle in the Eastern Church.

Did a Megadrought force the Huns to invade Europe?

The worst megadrought in the last 2000 years hit Central Asia around 360 AD, new study finds

Medieval Thought and its Architectural Expression

This dissertation will study the correlation and influences between a series of underlying beliefs and how these find expression in the architecture and setting of place.

From Triumphant to Suffering Jesus: Visual and Literary Depictions of the Crucifixion, 300-1200

By the twelfth century in both literature and art the form of the suffering Christ was supplanting the form of the conquering Christ.

Bohemian Barbarians: Bohemia in Late Antiquity

The settlement of the Bohemian Basin passed through a very complicated development during Late Antiquity.

Shedding Light on a Dark Age: Britain in the Forth and Fifth Centuries

This paper seeks to examine the fourth and fifth centuries in Britain in order to address the issue of collapse versus continuity after the end of the Roman state.

Pervenimus Edessam: The Origins of a Great Christian Centre Outside the Familiar Mediaeval World

This is the meeting place of the western and eastern worlds, for near here passed the movements between Palestine and Mesopotamia associated with Abraham, near here the Assyrians made their last stand after their capital fell in 610 B.C., and near here Crassus ill-advised attempt to press eastwards came to an end.

Fourth-century Hebrew inscription discovered in Portugal

Find is the oldest Jewish archaeological evidence discovered on the Iberian Peninsula

VAGANTES: Necessary Imperfection: The Body of Sainte Marie l’Egyptienne

This paper seeks to examine the role of the body and its relationship to the world around it in the “vie de sainte” of Marie l’Egyptienne, who is an excellent example of a female saint who begins life as a sinner and transforms her body into something holy. This presentation will focus on the version of Marie l’Egyptienne’s life written by Rutebeuf in the 13th century, but will also bring in elements of other versions and of the stories of other female saints who transform their bodies for comparison.

A Late Antique Crossbow Fibula in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

A Late Antique Crossbow Fibula in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Deppert-Lippitz, Barbara Metropolitan Museum Journal, Vol. 35 (2000) Abstract In 1995 The Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired a gold brooch of a type generally known as the crossbow fibula (Figures 1, 2).’ At 11.9 centimeters in length (about 411/16 in.), with a weight of 78.4 grams, […]

The Making of Saint Martin

The Making of Saint Martin By Piotr Morawski, Gorjan Dimitrov, Henriette L E Rasmussen, Amalie Frese and Julie Jacobsen Thesis, Roskilde University, 2005 Introduction: The main character of interest in our project is Saint Martin of Tours: a Roman soldier, monk and finally bishop of Tours. Martin, as we learn from the sources, was born […]

The Three Young Men in The Furnace and The Art of Ecphrasis in The Coptic Sermon By Theophilus of Alexandria

The Three Young Men in The Furnace and The Art of Ecphrasis in The Coptic Sermon By Theophilus of Alexandria Polański, Tomasz (Kraków) Studies in Ancient Art and Civilization, vol.10, Kraków (2007) Abstract The church interiors in the East in the period of the 4th-7th century were adorned with images of Christ, the apostles, prophets […]

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