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Venice's Mediterranean Colonies
Architecture and Urbanism


  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521184342

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  • Originally published in 2001, this book examines the Venetian colonies of the Eastern Mediterranean and how their built environments express the close cultural ties with both Venice and Byzantium. Using the island of Crete and its capital city, Candia (modern Herakleion), as a case study, Maria Georgopoulou exposes the dynamic relationship that existed between colonizer and colony. She studies the military, administrative, and ecclesiastical monuments set up by the Venetian colonists which served as bold statements of control over the local Greek population and the Jewish communities who were ethnically, religiously, and linguistically distinct from them. Georgopoulou demonstrates how the Venetian colonists manipulated Crete's past history in order to support and legitimate colonial rule, particularly through the appropriation of older Byzantine traditions in civic and religious ceremonies.

    • Studies colonialism in the late medieval and early modern period
    • Examines Venice's presence in the architecture of the Eastern Mediterranean
    • Explores interaction of cultures
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: '… a thought-provoking read … a fascinating insight into a particular moment in the creation of an imagine of Venetian rule, both in the colonies and within Venice itself.' The Art Book

    Review of the hardback: '… this is a fascinating and thought-provoking study which should stimulate further consideration of the Venetian empires on sea and land … well illustrated …' Journal of Urban History

    Review of the hardback: '… thoroughly and impressively researched …' Architectural Research Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521184342
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Venice's empire
    Part I. Constructing an Empire:
    1. The city as locus of colonial rule
    2. Signs of power
    3. Venice, the heir of Byzantium
    Part II. Mapping the Colonial Territory:
    4. Patron saints, relics, and martyria
    5. The blessings of the friars
    6. The Greeks and the city
    7. Segregation within the walls: the Judaica
    Part III. Symbols of Colonial Control:
    8. Ritualizing colonial practices
    9. Colonialism and the metropole

  • Author

    Maria Georgopoulou, Yale University, Connecticut

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