Adventus Domini: Eschatological Thought in 4th Century Apses by Geir Hellemo

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34. 1 3 0 For acclamations in a liturgical context, see Klauser, Akklamation col. 226f. For Sanctus as acclamation, see col. 230. 1 3 1 For the reduction o f the collegium o f the apostles during the restoration in 1588, see note 5. g. Matthew 19:28. Ihm, Programme p . 9 note 7. Ibid. p . 9 note 8. CKOUI' 47 I close connections between the apostle collegium and the church space i I sell'. In Ignatius' letter to the congregation in Magnesia such a parallel between God and bishop, apostles and prebyters is explicitly emphasized: "I exhort you:—Be zealous to do all things in harmony with Cod, with the bishop presiding in the place of G o d and the presbyters in the place of the Council of the A p o s t l e s " .

The basis for the iconographic transfer to a Christian context is, nevertheless, straightforward enough; the emperor just as Christian image-makers could, by using sun god attributes, express a monotheistic perception of God with special emphasis on the function of sovereign. Here, undoubtedly, the Emperor Constantine's utilization of Sol Invictus as 76 77 7 8 79 attracted and repelled the other sideral bodies, and from this principal the Oriental theologians had concluded that it must determine the entire life o f the universe, inasmuch as it regulated the movements of the h e a v e n s " , C u m o n t , Oriental Religions p .

Sabina door which now becomes a single ambiguous scene. As a personification of the church the apostles are a reference to the church as it is on earth while at the same time functioning as a model for that same church. In the S. Sabina relief we find a female figure which is similar to the female figures in the S. Pudenziana mosaic. The former interpretation of the S. Pudenziana figures as Pudenziana and Praxedes has long since been abandoned. Greater assistance in the interpretation of this motif is to be gained by a comparison with the Sabina relief where the woman is surrounded by apostles and definitely on earth.

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