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A Recently Discovered Ivory Of St. Ignatios And The Lions

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In this chapter, the author tries to show that an ivory is an authentic creation of the 10th or early 11th century depicting the martyrdom of St. Ignatios of Antioch. First, on the manner of production and the present state of the ivory. The ivory's focus on the moment of martyrdom could suggest that it once formed part of some such larger series of martyrdom; interest in the theme of the martyrs as a group is well documented in Byzantine period. Several features of the martyrdom of Ignatios are stressed in the literature about the saint in all periods. One is his mode of death, in the jaws of the lions; another is his joyful acceptance of his sentence and eagerness to proceed to martyrdom, and still another is his apostolic connection his succession to the see of Peter, and the analogies of his career with that of St. Paul.

Keywords: Antioch; Byzantine period; Ivory; Lion; martyrdom; St. Ignatios



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