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2012

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Religious Studies Graduate Theses & Dissertations

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Old Rome Was I Now New Rome Shall Be Praised: Christianity And Classical Culture In The Roman Guidebook Tradition, Talia Di Manno Jan 2012

Old Rome Was I Now New Rome Shall Be Praised: Christianity And Classical Culture In The Roman Guidebook Tradition, Talia Di Manno

Religious Studies Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This thesis examines the relationship between classical culture and Christianity in Rome through the lens of medieval, Renaissance, and Counter Reformation guidebooks. I propose that guidebooks allowed authors and patrons to project a carefully constructed image of Rome, a construction influenced by the Church’s desire to authenticate its place in Europe by defining itself in relation to classical culture.