Athanasius and Constantius: Theology and Politics in the by Timothy D. Barnes

By Timothy D. Barnes

This good documented examine makes a speciality of the occupation of Archbishop Athanasius of Alexandria in the course of the 300s advert. yet past that, Barnes illuminates the encircling age with its assumptions, passions, and realities. in the back of the authentic statements of a winner in church historical past, Barnes indicates us the facts of a fallible, bold, vindictive guy, striving to defeat his competitors by way of nearly any capability valuable. The ups and downs of this man's occupation are with reference to breathtaking. Barnes' cautious learn unearths a saga of nerve-racking political hardball over the way forward for strength in Rome's new imperial faith.

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SANTA MARIA DEL POPOLO Few other churches in Rome reflect the richness of Renaissance art as does Santa Maria del Popolo, thanks to its nave enlarged by Bramante and the Chigi Chapel, a Raphael masterwork. But equally striking are Baroque treasures like Caravaggio’s Cerasi Chapel and Bernini’s mosaic-covered dome. SANTA MARIA SOPRA MINERVA Set on a piazza graced by Bernini’s famed elephant obelisk, this Gothic-style church—best known for Michelangelo’s Risen Christ and famed frescoes by Filippino Lippi—gives off a heavenly aura, thanks to arched blue ceilings ashimmer with gold stars.

If you like a dollop of chic along with your caffeine, head to Bar della Pace (Via della Pace 3), set on one of the most fashionable piazzas in Rome (but don’t forget that outdoor tables sometimes hike up the price). IL GELATO You haven’t died and gone to food heaven until you’ve tried some authentic Italian gelato. A national obsession, the Italian version of ice cream is tastier, less creamy, and traditionally made with only the freshest ingredients. Though many bars and stands purvey it, the best gelatos are found only at gelaterie.

Indeed, the ancient city certainly wasn’t built in a day, so you shouldn’t expect to see it in one either. Rome is so packed with sights that it is impossible to take them all in; it’s easy to run yourself ragged trying to check off the items on your “To Do” list. At the same time, the saying is a celebration of the city’s abundance. There’s so much here, you’re bound to make discoveries you hadn’t anticipated. To conquer Rome, strike a balance between visits to major sights and leisurely neighborhood strolls (and a pit stop for some gelato, of course).

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