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Rome's Holy MountainThe Capitoline Hill in Late Antiquity$
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Jason Moralee

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190492274

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190492274.001.0001

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Christianity, the Capitoline Hill, and the End of Antiquity

Christianity, the Capitoline Hill, and the End of Antiquity

(p.87) 3 Christianity, the Capitoline Hill, and the End of Antiquity
Rome's Holy Mountain

Jason Moralee

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 continues to explore the social worlds of the Capitoline Hill by focusing on the Christian cultures of the streets around the Capitoline Hill and the ways in which this iconic place was valued locally from the last half of the sixth century to the middle of the eighth. By the middle of the sixth century, legends began to circulate in Byzantium that made the Capitoline Hill the location of oracles presaging the birth of the savior and the apocalypse. As in other locales in Rome, it was at this time that a small church was established on the Capitoline Hill in an urban environment in which public spaces were beginning to be used for Christian worship. Even as the hill was becoming a distinctly early medieval neighborhood, this location, with its church at its heart, was always associated with memories of the Roman Empire’s long-lost glory.

Keywords:   Narses, Sibyl, Tabularium, S. Maria Antiqua, Theotokos, Procopius, Liber Pontificalis, John Malalas, Mirabilia urbis Romae, Constantinople

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