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Studies on Constantinople

1st Edition

By Cyril Mango


288 pages

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pub: 1993-03-25
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This volume is devoted to the history, monuments and topography of Byzantine Constantinople, and includes two specially written pieces, as well as up-dates to the studies reprinted. Many of the articles deal with the imperial constructions of the first centuries of the City’s existence - for instance, the columns of Constantine and Justinian, the Mausoleum of the Holy Apostles and the churches of St Sophia, St John of Studius, and Sts Sergius and Bacchus - structures which provided the basic monumental framework around which Constantinople developed and its life was lived. In his reconstruction of these monuments and their history, Cyril Mango demonstrates how much can be achieved by combining the information gained from meticulous examination of the written sources, whether contemporary or from post-medieval travellers, with that provided by the surviving buildings themselves and the remains that have been excavated. Ce volume, voué à l’histoire, aux monuments et à la topographie de Constantinople la Byzantine, comprend deux études rédigées pour l’occasion, ainsi qu’une mise à jour des travaux qui y sont re-publiés. Bon nombre des études traitent plus particulièrement des constructions impériales datant des premiers siècles d’existence de la cité - tels, les colonnes de Constantin et de Justinien, la Mausolé des Saints Apôtres et les églises de Ste Sophie, St Jean de Studius, ou de Sts Serge et Bacchus; un ensemble de structures qui apportèrent la base monumentale autour de laquelle Constantinople s’est développée et a vécu. Au travers de cette reconstruction des monuments et de leur histoire, Cyril Mango démontre combien peut être atteint en combinant l’information acquise à partir d’un examen méticuleux des sources écrites - que celles-ci soient contemporaines ou proviennent des voyageurs post-médiévaux - à celle que l’on peut tirer des bâtiments-mêmes qui ont survécu, ainsi que des restes qui été re

Table of Contents

Contents: The development of Constantinople as an urban centre; Constantinopolitana; Constantine’s column; Constantine’s porphyry column and the chapel of St Constantine; Constantine’s mausoleum and the translation of relics (with addendum); Three imperial Byzantine sarcophagi discovered in 1750; A newly-discovered Byzantine imperial sarcophagus; The Fourteenth Region of Constantinople; Epigrammes honorifiques, statues et portraits à Byzance; The columns of Justinian and his successors; Justinian’s equestrian statue; The date of the Studius basilica at Istanbul; The church of Sts Sergius and Bacchus at Constantinople and the alleged tradition of octagonal palatine churches; The church of Sts Sergius and Bacchus once again; On the history of the templon and the martyrion of St Artemios at Constantinople; A 12th-century description of St Sophia; The conciliar edict of 1166; A Russian graffito in St Sophia, Constantinople; A note on Panagia Kamariotissa and some imperial foundations of the 10th and 11th centuries at Constantinople; The date of the Anonymous Russian Description of Constantinople; The work of M.I. Nomidis in the Vefa Kilise Camii, Istanbul (1937-38); Addenda; Index.

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Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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