The rituals of renaissance: Liturgy and mythic history in The Marvels of Rome

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The Mirabilia urbis romae offers us insight into the symbolic meaning of the streetscape of Rome from the perspective of a canon of St. Peter's. It should be read alongside the contemporary Roman Ordo with which it was certainly associated in the twelfth century. When read in that context, the Mirabilia serves as a kind of direct and indirect commentary on the papal liturgy. The papal liturgies at Easter and Christmas moved through an environment that was "re-written" by the Mirabilia as a narrative of Christian Roman renewal and of triumph throughout the Mediterranean world. The Mirabilia celebrates both Roman renewal and hegemony in the eastern Mediterranean, giving heightened significance to the liturgical life of the twelfth-century papacy. The papal liturgy, at these most triumphant processional moments, celebrated that historic and, ultimately, eschatological triumph.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRome Re-Imagined
Subtitle of host publicationTwelfth-Century Jews, Christians and Muslims Encounter the Eternal City
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9789004235670
ISBN (Print)9789004225282
StatePublished - Jun 21 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Adventus
  • Benedict of St. peter's
  • Christmas liturgy
  • Dedication of churches
  • Easter liturgy
  • Papal liturgy
  • Reform
  • Rome


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