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Afterlife in Early Christian Carthage: Near-Death Experiences, Ancestor Cult, and the Archaeology of Paradise (Stephen E Potthoff) Hardcover Book, (Routledge, 2017) 9781138182981
Afterlife in Early Christian Carthage: Near-Death Experiences, Ancestor Cult, and the Archaeology of Paradise (Stephen E Potthoff) Hardcover Book, (Routledge, 2017) 9781138182981
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Title: Afterlife in Early Christian Carthage: Near-Death Experiences, Ancestor Cult, and the Archaeology of Paradise

Author: Potthoff, Stephen E

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 2017

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781138182981

Volumes: 1; Pages: 240

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The Afterlife in Early Christian Carthage explores how the visionary experiences of early Christian martyrs shaped and informed early Christian ancestor cult and the construction of the cemetery as paradise. Taking the early Christian cemeteries in Carthage as a case study, the volume broadens our understanding of the historical and cultural origins of the early Christian cult of the saints, and highlights the often divergent views about the dead and post-mortem realms expressed by the church fathers, and in graveside ritual and the material culture of the cemetery. This fascinating study is a key resource for students of late antique and early Christian culture.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

List of Figures

Introduction

Chapter 1: Rebirthing Paradise in the Sacred Space of Vision and Cemetery

Chapter 2: Ghosts, Graveside Dining, and Dreams of Paradise: Mediterranean Ancestor Cult in the Early Christian Period

Chapter 3: Mediterranean Ancestor Cult in Carthage: Hungry Ghosts and the Roman Cemetery as Other World

Chapter 4: Dining, Divining, and Divorcing the Dead: The Age of Tertullian and Perpetua

Chapter 5: The Age of Cyprian: Burial Clubs and Banquets in Paradise

Chapter 6: The Age of Augustine: Burial ad sanctos, Graveside Parties, and the Abodes of Body and Soul after Death

Chapter 7: Christian Burial ad sanctos at Carthage: Pressing on to Heaven in the Paradisal Realm of the Cemetery

Chapter 8: Refreshment and Reunion in the Garden of Light: Sculpting Paradise at the Grave

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index
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