In the News: Voting, Protesting, and Distracting

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In the News: Calligraphy, Coens, a Caffeinated Casket and much more!

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In the News: The Crusades, Anti-Vaxxers, Chocolate Gods, and more!

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Cities and the Dead

Colin Dickey writes about cities and the dead for Lapham’s Quarterly.  From “Necropolis”:

Throughout early Christendom, bishops consolidated power around the tomb. The cemetery where St. Peter was buried was well outside of Rome’s city walls in a distant plot of land named Vatican Hill. But it was here, not in the city itself, that his followers built his basilica. The religious power base—in Tébessa, Nola, Rome, and elsewhere—had shifted to the periphery, creating an imbalance that could not last. One way or another, the saint would have to come inside the city.

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