1000 Facts - Ancient Egypt (1000 Facts on...) by Belinda Gallagher

By Belinda Gallagher

This booklet presents a wealthy resource of knowledge with greatest influence and minimal muddle. precisely one thousand evidence are coated through a hundred issues, each one with 10 key issues that offer an easy yet memorable deal with at the topic. attention-grabbing details panels in addition to prolonged captions magnify this quickly fireplace procedure.

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As Christianity spread, the story of Jesus and the meaning of his message provoked various kinds of inquiry. Was Jesus human or divine? What was the status of Jesus in relation to God? Such fundamental questions drew conflicting answers. To resolve them, Church officials would convene to hammer out a systematic explanation of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The first ecumenical (worldwide) council of churchmen was called by the emperor Constantine. It met at Nicaea (present-day Iznik), Turkey, in 325.

1) found in Sant’Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna—a Christian basilica ornamented by Roman and Byzantine artisans—provides yet another example of the surrender of narrative detail to symbolic abstraction. indd 32 Chronology 313 326 476 533 Edict of Milan Council of Nicaea Fall of Rome Justinian: Corpus juris celestial screen against which formal action takes place. The figures, stiff and immovable, lack substance. There is almost no sense of muscle and bone beneath the togas of Christ and the apostles.

The tiny birds that stand beneath the vines— derived from Greek funerary art—refer to the human soul. Also included in the iconographic program are two popular Southwest Asian symbols of immortality: the peacock or phoenix, a legendary bird that was thought to be reborn from its own ashes, and the rosette, an ancient symbol of Isis in her regenerative role. Taken as a whole, the archbishop’s coffin is the vehicle of a sacred language signifying Christ’s triumph and the Christian promise of resurrection and salvation.

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