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From its foundation in the fourth century to its fall to the Ottoman Turks in the fifteenth, the city of Constantinople boasted a collection of antiquities unrivalled by any city of the medieval world. The Urban Image of Late Antique Constantinople reconstructs the collection from the time that the city was founded by Constantine the Great through the sixth-century reign of the emperor Justinian. Drawing on medieval literary sources and, to a lesser extent, graphic and archaeological material, it identifies and describes the antiquities that were known to have stood in the city's public spaces. Individual displays of statues are analysed as well as examined in conjunction with one another against the city's topographical setting, in an effort to understand how ancient sculpture was used to create a distinct historical identity for Constantinople.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521030847
ISBN-10: 0521030846
Format: Paperback
(247mm x 174mm x 17mm)
Pages: 316
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 18-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Sarah Bassett

Sarah Bassett is Associate Professor of Art History at Wayne State University. A scholar of late antique and Byzantine art, she has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Dumbarton Oaks. She has contributed to Dumbarton Oaks Papers,The American Journal of Archaeology, and The Art Bulletin.