Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Intellectual History of Catacomb Archaeology
The Intellectual History of Catacomb Archaeology

By Amy K. Hirschfeld
Paper given at Commemorating the Dead: Texts and Artifacts in Context: The Shohet Conference on Roman, Jewish and Christian Burials (University of Chicago, 2005)

Abstract: Since their discovery, the Roman catacombs have been studied by a variety of scholars of different nationalities, religions, and disciplines. I will provide a historical overview of the social, political, and religious contexts of the study of the Roman catacombs as a means of investigating the following questions: How have the Christian catacombs and the Jewish catacombs been treated differently by scholars? How have the catacombs been presented (both physically and in publications) to a religious, academic, and general public? How does this intellectual heritage inform the study of the catacombs today?
Click here to read this article from the University of Chicago