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1. Title Title of document Bibliography - Death's Dominion
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Nathaniel Morehouse; John Carroll University; United States
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religion
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) Martyrs; Martyr; Cult; Relics; Shrines; Pilgrimage; Patristics; Power; Memory
 
5. Subject Subject classification Church history (HRCC2)
 
6. Description Abstract Through a discussion of power dynamics with a critical eye towards the political situation of influential Christian leaders including Constantine, Damasus, Ambrose, and Augustine, Death’s Dominion demonstrates the ways in which these individuals sought to craft Christian identity and cultural memory around the martyr shrine. Other recent scholarship on the martyr cult has conflated issues of the early fifth century with those from the early fourth, with little discussion of the development of the martyr cult during the intervening decades. Death’s Dominion corrects that omission by presenting a diachronic focus on the development of the martyr cult in the pivotal fourth century. During this period the martyr cult was repeatedly a decisive tool for the augmentation and solidification of civil and religious authority.

Late in the fourth century pilgrimage created a network within Christianity which ultimately led to a catholic Christian understanding of the martyrs’ graves by broadening the appeal of regional practices to disparate audiences. This simultaneously reinforced and subverted the desired message of those who sought to craft the meaning associated with the martyrs’ remains. Pilgrims helped manufacture a homogenized understanding of the martyr cult ultimately enabling it to become one of the most identifiable features of Christianity in subsequent centuries.



 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 15-Sep-2016
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/32111
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.32111
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Death's Dominion
 
16. Language English=en en
 
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) Mediterranean region,
4th century BCE
 
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd