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Apprehending the Archangel Michael

Glenn Peers

in Subtle Bodies

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780520224056
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925137 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520224056.003.0006
Apprehending the Archangel Michael

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This chapter proceeds with an examination of hagiographical writings and miracle stories which attempted to describe the presence and appearance of Archangel Michael. Dealing with several miracle stories at some length demonstrates the ways in which each text persuades its audience of the Archangel's benevolent immediacy. The tales of the miracle at Chonae contributed in this examination since the “pre-history” of this cult is relatively clear and the shrine's activities during the Byzantine period were famous. The miracle of Archangel Michael at Monte Gargano in southern Italy and of the shrine in Asia Minor described by Michael Psellus allowed certain structural similarities to emerge, the miracle stories revealed the Archangel Michael's subtle, elemental force active in a landscape and consequently bind him to places to strengthen expectation of worshipper's devotional return.

Keywords: Archangel Michael; miracle; Monte Gargano; shrine; examination

Chapter.  15038 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Archaeology

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