Church History

Guide to the Early Christian and Byzantine Antiquities in the British Museum

Today’s free book is a detailed description of part of the British Museum’s collection relating to early Christian and Byzantine studies. It brings together material from different collections in a way that would not be possible in the Museum itself. The book contains 15 plates, a sketch-map and 105 illustrations.

My thanks to Book Aid for making a copy of this public domain title for digitisation.

British Museum, A Guide to the Early Christian and Byzantime Antiquities in the Department of British and Mediaeval Antiquities, 2nd edn. London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1921. Pbk. pp.191. [Click here to visit the download page for this title]

Table of Contents

  • List of Plates
  • List of Illustrations in the Text
  1. General Survey
    1. Geographical Distribution
    2. Influences and Development of Christian Art
    3. Historical Survey
  2. Special Sections
    1. Early Christianity in Britain
    2. The atacombs, and Early Christian Iconography
    3. Churches and Their Contents
    4. The Arts
  • Appendix
    1. Copts and Abyssinians
    2. The Greek Church
    3. Heresies, and Gnosticism
  • Description of Cases, etc.
    • Wall-cases
    • Table Cases
    • Objects in Other Parts of the Museum
  • Index

Main image: Byzantine Ivory Panel: The Death of Jacob, op. page 64.

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