Architects of Piety
The Cappadocian Fathers and the Cult of the Martyrs
Vasiliki M. Limberis
Reviews and Awards
"Limberis brings the pastoral world of the Cappadocian fathers alive, revealing how thoroughly the martyr cult infused their own popular piety and that of the laity they served. One gains new appreciation for their clever and oft revisionary use of the stories, for the centrality of the subject in their thought, and for the ideological value of connecting with those who died for the faith. A delightful and informative read!"
-- James E. Goehring, University of Mary Washington
"Limberis skillfully presents the intersecting modes of encountering and honoring the martyrs in fourth-century Cappadocia. By attending to the ways that the faithful were affectively addressed by vivid narratives and visual recreations of their courage, holiness, and suffering through story, picture, and architectural space, she allows the reader a three-dimensional and multi-sensory glimpse into the embodied piety of the age."
-- Robin Jensen, Luce Chancellor's Professor of the History of Christian Art and Worship, Vanderbilt University
"Vasiliki Limberis has captured an essential and fascinating dynamic in the religious sensibility of the Cappadocians -- their preoccupation with and propagation of the cult of the martyrs. Her multi-faceted analysis of the ritual, literary, and theological contours of this integral feature of their life's work is a valuable contribution to the study of ancient Christianity."
-- Margaret M. Mitchell, Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature, The University of Chicago