College of Letters & Science

Daniel Cochran

Ph.D. Candidate

I study the role of monumental or public Christian art and architecture in the formation of individual and communal identities during late antiquity. Many art historical studies of this period focus on the development of Christian iconography while scholars of religion explore the political and social changes that impact the development of the Christian tradition. I argue that the construction and use of new religious structures played a critical role in this shifting religious landscape. My interdisciplinary approach brings together material and textual evidence to show how the earliest Christian buildings were carefully designed to stimulate the senses and cultivate new cultural memories that in turn instilled new theological, social, and political perspectives.

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