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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent contribution, 11 July 2006
This review is from: Making Martyrs in Late Antiquity (Hardcover)
Grig has produced a book that gives a thematic overview of how martyrs were 'constructed' throughout late antiquity. While adopting a thematic approach to the subject of martyrdom, as is reflected in the titles of chapters (e.g. 'A brief history of martyrdom'), the book is nevertheless extremely informative and detailed. Incorporating the most recent developments in the study of ealy Christianity, such as the use of art and images,the notion of power, and the concept of performance, Grig demonstrates how martyrs were perceived, represented, and remembered. Grig successfully demonstrates the power of martyrdom and its impact upon early Christianity: 'the construction of martyrs' contributed towards 'the construction of Christianisation' in the fourth century.

Due to its accessibility and lack of pretension, this book would provide a compelling introduction for the interested person. However, the detailed mini studies that are sandwiched between each chapter also provide a more specific focus for academics and students, as they probe deeper into particular themes, characters, and contexts.
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