Stefan Heid, Martin Dennert (ed.) | 2012

Forscher und Persönlichkeiten vom 16. bis zum 21. Jahrhundert

From Félix-Marie Abel to Placido Zurla - this first encyclopaedia of people in Christian archaeology offers biographies and bibliographies of more than 1,500 people, illustrated with over 680 portraits, including many outstanding archaeologists, but also researchers and scholars who have remained unnoticed until now.

Although Christian archaeology is young as a university subject, the turn to Christian antiquities already began in humanism. While the first centuries were dominated by antiquarians and collectors, the scientification began at the end of the 19th century. Since the 20th century, Christian archaeology has developed into a highly specialised university discipline dealing with all areas of the early Christian world. The encyclopaedia is comprehensive both chronologically and geographically: the persons covered range from the 16th to the 21st century and come from over 30 countries in Europe, Asia, North Africa and North America. For the first time, all known archival records are also listed for each person. This makes the encyclopaedia an important reference work that fundamentally reappraises the study of monuments of the early Christian period. An index of places of activity and institutions also makes it possible to trace the academic environment and network of the researchers.

2 vol., 1422 pages, Ill.

Verlag Schnell und Steiner, 2012

ISBN 978-3-7954-2620-0