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Mélanges de l’École Française de Rome: Middle Ages
In order to place the site of Sant’Agnese in Agone in its broader late antique and early medieval context, this article presents an overview of the archaeological evidence for Christian spaces inside spectacle buildings – stadia, hippodromes, theaters and amphitheaters. It suggests that the «Christianization» of such buildings was very rare, and in only a few cases linked to martyrial commemoration. The paper concludes by suggesting some reasons why spectacle buildings should have been so infrequently associated with martyrial memory.
This work was originally published by École Française de Rome in Mélanges de l’École Française de Rome: Middle Ages.
Rome, Salona, Caesarea Maritima, Tarragona, Sant’Agnese in Agone, spectacle buildings, christianization, churches, temples, archaeology, martyrium
Bowes, K. (2014). Christians in the Amphitheater? The «Christianization» of Spectacle Buildings and Martyrial Memory. Mélanges de l’École Française de Rome: Middle Ages, 126 (1), 93-114. http://dx.doi.org/10.4000/mefrm.1807
Date Posted: 02 November 2017
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