Ethiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom - Fitzgerald, Mary Anne; Marsden, Philip
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A lavishly illustrated photographic journey through the history and traditions of the ancient churches of Ethiopia. The ancient Aksumite Kingdom, now a part of Ethiopia, was among the first in the world to adopt Christianity as the official state religion. In AD 340 King Ezana commissioned the construction of the imposing basilica of St. Mary of Tsion. It was here, the Ethiopians say, that Menelik, son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, brought the Ark of the Covenant containing the Ten Commandments. By the fifth century, nine saints from Byzantium were spreading the faith deep into the…mehr

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A lavishly illustrated photographic journey through the history and traditions of the ancient churches of Ethiopia. The ancient Aksumite Kingdom, now a part of Ethiopia, was among the first in the world to adopt Christianity as the official state religion. In AD 340 King Ezana commissioned the construction of the imposing basilica of St. Mary of Tsion. It was here, the Ethiopians say, that Menelik, son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, brought the Ark of the Covenant containing the Ten Commandments. By the fifth century, nine saints from Byzantium were spreading the faith deep into the mountainous countryside, and over the next ten centuries a series of spectacular churches were either built or excavated out of solid rock, all of them in regular use to this day. Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has the best known cluster, but the northern region of Tigray, less well known and more remote, has many churches that are architectural masterpieces of the basilical type. Ethiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom traces the broad sweep of ecclesiastic history, legend, art, and faith in this sub-Saharan African kingdom as seen through the prism of sixty-six breathtaking churches, unveiling the secrets of their medieval murals, their colorful history, and the rich panoply of their religious festivals, all illustrated with more than eight hundred superb color photographs by some of the most celebrated international photographers of traditional cultures. This magnificent, large-format, full-color volume is the most comprehensive celebration yet published of Ethiopia's extraordinary Christian heritage. Ethiopia is the third book on iconic places of worship published by Ludwig Publishing and the American University in Cairo Press, following the bestselling success of The Churches of Egypt and The History and Religious Heritage of Old Cairo.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: AMER UNIV IN CAIRO PR
  • Seitenzahl: 536
  • Erscheinungstermin: 20. November 2017
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 350mm x 265mm x 53mm
  • Gewicht: 4171g
  • ISBN-13: 9789774168437
  • ISBN-10: 9774168437
  • Artikelnr.: 47748606
Autorenporträt
Mary Anne Fitzgerald has covered eastern Africa for The Economist, the Financial Times, and The Sunday Times of London, and is the author of eleven books on Africa, including the bestselling Nomad: One Woman's Journey into the Heart of Africa. She lives in Kenya. Philip Marsden is the award-winning author of a number of books of travel, history, and fiction, including The Chains of Heaven: An Ethiopian Romance and The Barefoot Emperor: An Ethiopian Tragedy. He lives in England. Carolyn Ludwig is the author of Jewels in Our Crown: Churches of Los Angeles, and editor of The Churches of Egypt (AUC Press, 2007) and The History and Religious Heritage of Old Cairo (AUC Press, 2013). Morris Jackson is the designer of Jewels in Our Crown: Churches of Los Angeles, and The Churches of Egypt (AUC Press, 2007) and co-editor and designer of The History and Religious Heritage of Old Cairo (AUC Press, 2013). Nigel Pavitt MBE OGW has written five books on Africa illustrated with his own photographs. They include Kenya: The First Explorers, Samburu, Turkana: Kenya's Nomads of the Jade Sea, and Africa's Great Rift Valley. He lives in Kenya. Frederic Courbet is a Belgian photographer and cameraman whose work has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, Time magazine, and Newsweek. He lives in Australia. Justus Mulinge is a Kenyan photographer and post-production specialist who lives in Nairobi. Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher have recorded in photographs over two hundred African cultures and produced fifteen acclaimed books, including Maasai, Africa Adorned, African Ark, African Ceremonies, and Dinka: Legendary Cattle Keepers of Sudan. Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher have recorded in photographs over two hundred African cultures and produced fifteen acclaimed books, including Maasai, Africa Adorned, African Ark, African Ceremonies, and Dinka: Legendary Cattle Keepers of Sudan.