The Darkening Age - The Christian Destruction of the Classical World

Author(s): Catherine Nixey; Lalla Ward (Read by)

World History

A New York Times Notable Book of 2018

"Searingly passionate...Nixey writes up a storm. Each sentence is rich, textured, evocative, felt...[A] ballista-bolt of a book." --New York Times Book Review

 
In Harran, the locals refused to convert. They were dismembered, their limbs hung along the town'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 Christians had invaded the city's greatest temple and razed it--smashing its world-famous statues and destroying all that was left of Alexandria's Great Library.
 
Today, we refer to Christianity's conquest of the West as a "triumph." But this victory entailed an orgy of destruction in which Jesus'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 pur≥ countless antiquities, artworks, and ancient traditions were lost forever.  
 
As Catherine Nixey reveals, evidence of early Christians' 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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  • : 9781509899814
  • : Bolinda Publishing Pty, Limited
  • : Bolinda Audio
  • : December 2018
  • : --- length: - '13.4' width: - '14.6' units: - Centimeters
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  • : Catherine Nixey; Lalla Ward (Read by)
  • : CD-Audio
  • : 270.1