Mar 19, 2021
We congratulate our very own Dr Mario Baghos, Lecturer in Patristics and Church History at St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College and Chief Publishing Officer its Press, for the publication of his book 'From the Ancient Near East to Christian Byzantium: Kings, Symbols, and Cities.' From the author:
"Comprising a decade's worth of research on the use of religious symbolism in ancient cities by rulers and kings, this book accounts for the shift in this symbolism between the ancient pagan world and Byzantium. It demonstrates that in the latter it was the image of Christ -- specifically of Christ Pantokrator -- that represented the highest aspirations of civilisation in a way that overthrew the ruler cult of pagan antiquity. The book begins with a chapter on Mesopotamia -- where the first cities emerged -- and continues with Egypt, Greece, Rome, Israel, before addressing Christianity in the lengthiest chapter, and finally Christianity's impact on Rome and Constantinople."
The book will be available to order from May 1st on the following link (it will soon be available on amazon):