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The Phantom ImageSeeing the Dead in Ancient Rome$
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Patrick R. Crowley

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226648293

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226648323.001.0001

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Phantoms in the Flesh

Phantoms in the Flesh

(p.185) Chapter Four Phantoms in the Flesh
The Phantom Image

Patrick R. Crowley

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the origins of the iconography of Doubting Thomas around the turn of the fifth century. By taking up the famous incredulity of the apostle who was uncertain whether he was seeing a mere ghost or the actual, resurrected body of Christ in the flesh, it considers how the imagery keys into broader theological and philosophical arguments about sense-perception, materiality, and embodiment.

Keywords:   Early Christian art, Sarcophagi, Materiality, Doubting Thomas, Stoicism, Skepticism, Belief, Manuscripts, Body, Perception

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