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The Cambridge Companion to Constantinople

The Cambridge Companion to Constantinople

Part of Cambridge Companions to the Ancient World

Sarah Bassett, Thomas Russell, Albrecht Berger, Anthony Kaldellis, James Crow, Raymond Van Dam, Enrico Zanini, Eric McGeer, Philipp Niewöhner, Koray Durak, Vasileios Marinis, Dirk Krassmüller, Mark Johnson, Andreas Gkoutzoukostas, Timothy S. Miller, Niels Gaul, Marcus Rautman, Nike Koutrakou, Annemarie Weyl Carr, Sean Roberts, Çiğdem Kafescioğlu
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  • Publication planned for: April 2022
  • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2022
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108705578

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  • From its foundation in the fourth century, to its fall to the Ottoman Turks in the fifteenth, 'Constantinople' not only identified a geographical location, but also summoned an idea. On the one hand, there was the fact of Constantinople, the city of brick and mortar that rose to preeminence as the capital of the Roman Empire on a hilly peninsula jutting into the waters at the confluence of the Sea of Marmora, the Golden Horn, and the Bosporos. On the other hand, there was the city of the imagination, the Constantinople that conjured a vision of wealth and splendor unrivalled by any of the great medieval cities, east or west. This Companion explores Constantinople from Late Antiquity until the early modern period. Examining its urban infrastructure and the administrative, social, religious, and cultural institutions that gave the city life, it also considers visitors' encounters with both its urban reality and its place in imagination.

    • Provides a comprehensive and systematic collection of essays built on the most recent scholarship dedicated to the history of Constantinople
    • Focuses solely on Constantinople - its physical structure, population, activities etc.
    • It examines visitors' encounters with Constantinople
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    • Publication planned for: April 2022
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108705578
    • length: 450 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2022
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Sarah Bassett
    Part I. The Place and Its People:
    1. Before Constantinople Thomas Russell
    2. Urban Development and Decline, Fourth-Fifteenth Centuries Albrecht Berger
    3. The People of Constantinople Anthony Kaldellis
    Part II. Practical Matters:
    4. Waters for a Capital: Hydraulic Infrastructure and Use in Byzantine Constantinople James Crow
    5. The Supply of Food to Constantinople Raymond Van Dam
    6. Constantinople: Building and Maintenance Enrico Zanini
    7. The Defense of Constantinople Eric McGeer
    Part III. Urban Experiences:
    8. Imperial Constantinople Paul Magdalino
    9. Residential Constantinople Albrecht Berger and Philipp Niewöhner
    10. Commercial Constantinople Koray Durak
    11. Sacred Dimensions: Church Building and Ecclesiastical Practice Vasileios Marinis
    12. Sacred Dimensions: Constantinopolitan Monasticism Dirk Krassmüller
    13. Sacred Dimensions: Death and Burial Mark Johnson
    Part IV. Institutions and Activities:
    14. The Administration of Constantinople Andreas Gkoutzoukostas
    15. Philanthropic Institutions Timothy S. Miller
    16. Schools and Learning Niels Gaul
    17. Entertainment Marcus Rautman
    Part V. Encountering Constantinople:
    18. Medieval Travellers to Constantinople: Wonders and Wonder Nike Koutrakou
    19. Pilgrimage to Constantinople Annemarie Weyl Carr
    20. Encountering and Inventing Constantinople in Early Modern Europe Sean Roberts
    21. Byzantium in Early Modern Istanbul Çiğdem Kafescioğlu.

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    Sarah Bassett, Indiana University
    Sarah Bassett is Associate Professor in the Art History Department at Indiana University and author of The Urban Image of Late Antique Constantinople (Cambridge, 2004). Her research interests include late antique urbanism, collecting and display in the late antique world, and the historiography of late antique and Byzantine art.

    Contributors

    Sarah Bassett, Thomas Russell, Albrecht Berger, Anthony Kaldellis, James Crow, Raymond Van Dam, Enrico Zanini, Eric McGeer, Philipp Niewöhner, Koray Durak, Vasileios Marinis, Dirk Krassmüller, Mark Johnson, Andreas Gkoutzoukostas, Timothy S. Miller, Niels Gaul, Marcus Rautman, Nike Koutrakou, Annemarie Weyl Carr, Sean Roberts, Çiğdem Kafescioğlu

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