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Karen B. Stern. Mapping Devotion in Roman Dura Europos: A Reconsideration of the Synagogue Ceiling

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Karen B. Stern. « Mapping Devotion in Roman Dura Europos: A Reconsideration of the Synagogue Ceiling ». AJA, 114/3, 2010, p. 473-504.

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1Among the most famous works discovered over the decades at Dura Europos are the frescoes decorating the synagogue’s inner walls. They have attracted the attention of several scholars, who have raised questions about the portrayed scenes and their context. They have focused not only on the biblical motifs, by far the most distinctive feature, but also on the remarkable state of preservation at the time of discovery. The building itself is an extraordinary discovery, a unique example of a complex Judaic building evincing a Hellenistic background.

2In contrast, the hundreds of painted tiles with inscriptions that used to decorate the synagogue’s ceiling provide us information that has been neglected. This article on the synagogue’s ceiling pays attention not only to the tiles’ decorated surface but also to their original context. This new information serves the author’s purpose of reassessing the building’s space and use. The author provides broader considerations about the art and culture of Roman Dura Europos and about Jewish localisms in the Greco-Roman world.

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Vito Messina. Stern, Karen B., « Karen B. Stern. Mapping Devotion in Roman Dura Europos: A Reconsideration of the Synagogue Ceiling », Abstracta Iranica [En ligne], Volume 32-33 | 2013, document 202, mis en ligne le 01 juillet 2016, consulté le 25 mai 2017. URL : http://abstractairanica.revues.org/40580

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