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The Formation of Christendom

The Formation of Christendom

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  • Judith Herrin
  • Princeton University Press
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A groundbreaking history of how the Christian West emerged from the ancient Mediterranean world

In this acclaimed history of Early Christendom, Judith Herrin shows how--from the sack of Rome in 410 to the coronation of Charlemagne in 800--the Christian West grew out of an ancient Mediterranean world divided between the Roman west, the Byzantine east, and the Muslim south. Demonstrating that religion was the period's defining force, she reveals how the clash over graven images, banned by Islam, both provoked iconoclasm in Constantinople and generated a distinct western commitment to Christian pictorial narrative. In a new preface, Herrin discusses the book's origins, reception, and influence.

The Formation of Christendom

Author Bio

Judith Herrin is professor emeritus in the Department of Classics at King’s College London. Her books include Ravenna: Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe; Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire; Margins and Metropolis: Authority across the Byzantine Empire; and Unrivalled Influence: Women and Empire in Byzantium 

Herrin worked as an archaeologist with the British School at Athens and on the site of Kalenderhane Mosque in Istanbul as a Dumbarton Oaks fellow.[5] Between 1991 and 1995, she was Stanley J. Seeger Professor in Byzantine History, Princeton University.[6] She was appointed Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies at King's College London (KCL) in 1995, and was Head of the Center for Hellenic Studies at KCL.[4] She retired from the post in 2008, becoming Professor Emeritus.[4] She was president of the International Congress of Byzantine Studies in 2011

Research interests
 

  • Byzantine archaeology and other fields including women in Byzantium and Byzantium in relation to Islam and the West.

Source: Princeton University Press and King's College, London 

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