Trace the development of early Christianity by examining the examples of early Christian art in Chapter Six, the Ravenna mosaics of Justinian and Theodora and their court in the church at San Vitale (Chapter 7), and the various depictions of Christ found in Byzantine mosaics and icons (Chapter 7). Consider the following questions:

To what extent was this early Christian art influenced by the social and political circumstances in which it was created?

To what extent does early Christian art reflect the tension between the early Christian religion and the society in which it was created?