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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.Read more
- A comprehensive single-volume coverage of the whole of Byzantine art and architecture
- Covers all kinds of 'material culture' such as sculpture, metalwork, manuscripts, paintings, icons, church and secular buildings etc.
- Very generously illustrated by well over 300 half-tones, plans and maps which are set throughout in the text
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'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
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- Date Published: July 1996
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521357241
- length: 396 pages
- dimensions: 296 x 210 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.952kg
- contains: 302 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of abbreviations
1. The early Christian period
2. The sixth century
3. The dark age and Iconoclasm
4. The Macedonian dynasty
5. The Comnene dynasty
6. The Latin occupation of Constantinople
7. The Palaiologan period
8. Approaches to the study of Byzantine art and architecture
Sources of plans
Sources of photographs
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