BR 10:01, Feb 1994
The Arian ControversyHow It Divided Early Christianity
The city of Ravenna has endured as a shimmering monument to late antique art and civilizationthe imperial tombs, the palace churches, the oratorios (prayer chapels) and the baptisteries all glisten with the mosaic makers art.
One of the most interesting buildingsand perhaps the one with the most intriguing storyin this northern Italian city is the palace church known today as SantApollinare Nuovo, dedicated to Christ the Redeemer. It was built in the 490s1 to serve the spiritual and political needs of the great Ostrogoth king Theodoric (454526 C.E.), who brought Arian Christianity to Ravenna in 493 when he conquered the city. During these years, it seemed that Arian Christianitywhat today we call the Arian heresywould dominate Western imperial circles.