Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Divinity (M.Div)


Historical Theology

First Advisor

Carl Meyer


This study is an investigation of the attitudes expressed by the early church toward St. Peter. While most attempts to understand the origin of Rome's claim to authority based on Petrine primacy have dealt with attitudes expressed in documents, the approach here is to examine the evidence found in various types of artistic expression. It is hoped that the attitudes toward St. Peter which affected and may have caused the unique association between himself and Rome are clarified. It is important to note in this respect that this study deals with the development of attitudes actually held in the early church, irrespective of the historical accuracy of these attitudes; e.g. although it is not conclusively proved that Peter was buried below the tropaeum on the Vatican, it is historical fact that Gaius believed it to be so.2 Itis with the latter type of history that this study deals.

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