Architecture and Ritual in the Churches of Constantinople Hardback

Ninth to Fifteenth Centuries

by Vasileios Marinis;


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Architecture and Ritual in the Churches of Constantinople

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This book examines the interchange of architecture and ritual in the Middle and Late Byzantine churches of Constantinople (ninth to fifteenth centuries). It employs archaeological and archival data, hagiographic and historical sources, liturgical texts and commentaries, and monastic typika and testaments to integrate the architecture of the medieval churches of Constantinople with liturgical and extra-liturgical practices and their continuously evolving social and cultural context. The book argues against the approach that has dominated Byzantine studies: that of functional determinism, the view that architectural form always follows liturgical function. Instead, proceeding chapter by chapter through the spaces of the Byzantine church, it investigates how architecture responded to the exigencies of the rituals, and how church spaces eventually acquired new uses. The church building is described in the context of the culture and people whose needs it was continually adapted to serve. Rather than viewing churches as frozen in time (usually the time when the last brick was laid), this study argues that they were social constructs and so were never finished, but continually evolving.

Architecture and Ritual in the Churches of Constantinople by Vasileios Marinis was published by Cambridge University Press in January 2014 and is our 49616th best seller. The ISBN for Architecture and Ritual in the Churches of Constantinople is 9781107040168.

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Page last updated 19th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherCambridge University Press (January 2014)
Weight730g
Number of Pages257
Thickness17 mm
Height253 mm
Width177 mm
ISBN9781107040168
ISBN-101107040167
Product Code4245003
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