Sunday, February 13, 2011

5th Reading Response (Early Christians)

        In both Ching and Roth, they talk about how early Christianity brought about changes to the Roman empire. Not only in the location of "New Rome", when Constantine moved Rome to Constantinople, but also in the way buildings were made.
        In Roth, he talks about how early Christians wanted to make their architecture different from Rome's because they wanted to make it obvious to everyone that they were not the same. Roman's were polytheistic, whereas Christians were monotheistic, frowning on the worship of multiple Gods, causing their dislike of Greek mythology and of paganism.
        Ching mentions that Christians were not to marry Jews, which most of Rome was jewish. Although Jews are the founders of Christianity, and Jesus was a Jew, the main different between them was that Christians believed Jesus was the messiah, and Jews don't. 
        Christians wanted to make these differences very apparent to anyone who might be looking in on their religion. They did so by architecture. 

                                    columns                      design                 purpose
Roman Temples:         ouside(support)           complex              house of Gods
Early Churches:           inside(decorative)       decorative           worship (communal)
Modern Churches:       none                            simple                 worship (communal)

Roman Temples:

Early Christian Churches:

Modern Christian Churches:


1 comment:

  1. interesting observations here, though i am not sure how your images support your assertions. annotations?