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Eusebius' Panegyric On The Building Of Churches (HE 10.4.2-72): Aesthetics And The Politics Of Christian Architecture

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Eusebius of Caesarea is best known to modern scholars as church historian and scholar. As bishop, however, he was also a prominent public intellectual. Though he must have delivered numerous sermons and speeches, only three of Eusebius' performance pieces survive: a panegyric for the dedication of the cathedral basilica at Tyre, another delivered at the dedication of the basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, and a panegyric composed for Constantine's tricennalia and delivered in the emperor's presence in Constantinople. The oration Eusebius delivered at Tyre, probably in 315 CE, was likely one of his first major public performances. The oration commemorated the re-construction of the church at Tyre after its destruction during the Great Persecution. Eusebius had become a bishop only recently, probably in 313 CE, upon the cessation of persecution.

Keywords:Christian Architecture; Eusebius



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