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Immagini urbane: Interpretazioni religiose della città antica


Pezzoli-Olgiati, Daria (2002). Immagini urbane: Interpretazioni religiose della città antica. Freiburg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Universitätsverlag / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

Abstract

The present study analyzes religious concepts of the city in antiquity. A selection of texts from the Ancient Near East, from Jewish and Christian traditions and an example from Greece are examined and compared. Based on analytical categories defined by the author and applied to an otherwise heterogenous corpus of documents, the comparison serves to systematize recurring motifs which point to salient features and particular tendencies in the interpretation of urban space within ancient religious symbol systems. The study stresses the great variety of ancient approaches to and religious interpretations of urban space: praises of the city as a space of absolute cosmic order contrast with images of the city as a dimension of chaos and death; descriptions of the city as a space for human life are opposed to representations of transcendent worlds conceived in the form of cities.

Abstract

The present study analyzes religious concepts of the city in antiquity. A selection of texts from the Ancient Near East, from Jewish and Christian traditions and an example from Greece are examined and compared. Based on analytical categories defined by the author and applied to an otherwise heterogenous corpus of documents, the comparison serves to systematize recurring motifs which point to salient features and particular tendencies in the interpretation of urban space within ancient religious symbol systems. The study stresses the great variety of ancient approaches to and religious interpretations of urban space: praises of the city as a space of absolute cosmic order contrast with images of the city as a dimension of chaos and death; descriptions of the city as a space for human life are opposed to representations of transcendent worlds conceived in the form of cities.

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Item Type:Monograph
Communities & Collections:Special Collections > Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis
Dewey Decimal Classification:200 Religion
290 Other religions
930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)
Language:Italian
Date:2002
Deposited On:04 Oct 2018 13:40
Last Modified:04 Oct 2018 13:40
Publisher:Universitätsverlag / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Series Name:Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis
Number of Pages:305
ISBN:3-7278-1392-X
Additional Information:Digitalisat erstellt durch Florian Lippke, Departement für Biblische Studien, Universität Freiburg Schweiz
OA Status:Green
Related URLs:https://www.zora.uzh.ch/54117/

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