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Contribution de la mosaïque syrienne à l’iconographie chrétienne

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The mosaic of Temanaa can contribute to our knowledge of ancient mosaic. The authors decided to study and present the preliminary results in this chapter. Bringing together all the available data and by comparison to other known examples, the method of approach is to replace the patchwork of Temanaa in context. This allows us to re-examine the role played by the floor decoration in northern Syria churches of late antiquity. By its ornamentation, the Church of Temanaa probably belongs to the series of churches built in the second half of the 5th century. The small church with three naves, preceded by a narthex and offers a mosaic that reflects an important iconographic development, particularly in the region from which it originated. Differing from most other famous churches, it appears to adopt a specific iconography of a memorial liturgy role. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: ancient mosaic; iconographic development; memorial liturgy role; northern Syria churches; Temanaa



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