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Byzantine Art and Architecture : An Introduction - Lyn Rodley

Byzantine Art and Architecture

An Introduction

Paperback Published: 2nd September 1996
ISBN: 9780521357241
Number Of Pages: 396

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The Byzantine empire began with the transformation of the Roman empire initiated by the official acceptance of Christianity and the establishment of Constantinople as the capital city. It ended with the fall of that city to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. The art and architecture of the empire reflects its changing fortunes, the development of Christianity, and the cultural influences that affected it. This book offers a systematic introduction to the material culture of the Byzantine empire, from the fourth to the fourteenth centuries. It provides for the student or any other interested reader a compendium of material which is generally difficult to access: much of the writing on Byzantine art and architecture is not in English, and is published as articles in scholarly journals. The book sets out the subject in an accessible manner, describing and discussing by period the surviving material - and that which can be reconstructed from documentary sources - and exploring its social/historical context. The text is copiously illustrated by well over 400 halftones, plans and maps.

'This is a most comprehensive and exemplary book ... Dr Rodley must be congratulated upon producing such an authoritative survey of a complex period, and in presenting it in terms which both the specialist and non-specialist will readily comprehend.' The Greek Gazette

Preface
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction
The early Christian period
The sixth century
The dark age and Iconoclasm
The Macedonian dynasty
The Comnene dynasty
The Latin occupation of Constantinople
The Palaiologan period
Approaches to the study of Byzantine art and architecture
Appendices
Glossary
Select Bibliography
Sources of plans
Sources of photographs
Index
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ISBN: 9780521357241
ISBN-10: 0521357241
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 396
Published: 2nd September 1996
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 29.31 x 20.93  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.95