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date: 29 February 2020

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This article examines texts and objects made during the late antique period (c.200-c.750), in order to make a case for a deeply relational sympathy between late antique Christians and their objects. It discusses the extension of that relation into the material world around those people, and in so doing, argues that distinctions among humanity, objects, and world were sometimes blurred or masked. The natural world, thus provided insight into God's immanence, renewed after the Incarnation of Christ, and even physical apprehension of it.

Keywords: Late Antiquity, texts, Christians, religious objects, Christianity

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