The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction Of The Classical World
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The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World
â€œSearingly passionateâ€¦Nixey writes up a storm. Each sentence is rich, textured, evocative, feltâ€¦[A] ballista-bolt of a book.â€Â â€”New York Times Book Review
In Harran, the locals ref to convert. They were dismembered, their limbs hung along the townâ€™s main street. In Alexandria, zealots pulled the elderly philosopher-mathematician Hypatia from her chariot and flayed her to death with shards of broken pottery. Not long before, their fellow ChristiansÂ had invaded the cityâ€™s greatest temple and razed itâ€”smashing its world-famous statues and destroying all that was left of Alexandriaâ€™s Great Library.
Today, we refer to Christianityâ€™s conquest of the West as a â€œtriumph.â€ But this victory entailed an orgy of destruction in which Jesusâ€™s followers attacked and suppressed classical culture, helping to pitch Western civilization into a thousand-year-long decline. Just one percent of Latin literature would survive the purge; countless antiquities, artworks, and ancient traditions were lost forever.Â Â
As Catherine Nixey reveals, evidence of early Christiansâ€™ campaign of terror has been hiding in plain sight: in the palimpsests and shattered statues proudly displayed in churches and museums the world over. In The Darkening Age, Nixey resurrects this lost history, offering a wrenching account of the rise of Christianity and its terrible cost.
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|Publisher||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Weight||1.45 pounds pounds.|
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