Architecture and Ritual in the Churches of Constantinople: by Vasileios Marinis

By Vasileios Marinis

This publication examines the interchange of structure and formality within the center and overdue Byzantine church buildings of Constantinople (ninth to 15th centuries). It employs archaeological and archival information, hagiographic and old resources, liturgical texts and commentaries, and monastic typika and testaments to combine the structure of the medieval church buildings of Constantinople with liturgical and extra-liturgical practices and their regularly evolving social and cultural context. The ebook argues opposed to the method that has ruled Byzantine reviews: that of useful determinism, the view that architectural shape consistently follows liturgical functionality. as an alternative, continuing bankruptcy by way of bankruptcy throughout the areas of the Byzantine church, it investigates how structure spoke back to the exigencies of the rituals, and the way church areas finally obtained new makes use of. The church development is defined within the context of the tradition and folks whose wishes it used to be regularly tailored to serve. instead of viewing church buildings as frozen in time (usually the time while the final brick used to be laid), this learn argues that they have been social constructs and so have been by no means accomplished, yet consistently evolving.

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