Early Christian Art & Architecture


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Why was the Edict of Milan of critical importance to early Christians?

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1. Why would early Christians use pre-existing symbols to represent Christ or other parts of their religion?

2. Where was most early Christian art located before the time of Constantine?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet go over important information about the specific characteristics and development of art and architecture produced by early Christians. Once you've read through the lesson, you can test your knowledge with the attached quiz questions. Some things you'll be tested on include the origins of specific early Christian symbols and the purposes of architecture used by the early Christians.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz and worksheet you'll be tested on:

  • The Edict of Milan
  • Early Christian use of symbols
  • The locations of early Christian art
  • Basilicas
  • Architectural features of early churches

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - make sure you can recall essential information about the art and architecture of the early Christians
  • Reading comprehension - check your understanding of important events in early Christian history, important forms of art used by the early Christians, and important architectural styles used in early churches
  • Knowledge application - use the questions at the end of the lesson to apply your knowledge of how and why early Christians used and developed art and architecture

Additional Learning

To learn more about artistic and architectural developments in early Christianity, review the corresponding lesson on Early Christian Art & Architecture. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • History of early Christianity
  • Christian art and iconography
  • Symbols used in Christian art
  • Basilicas and early churches