By Nevra Necipoglu
This quantity bargains with the historical past, topography and monuments of Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire and one of many maximum city centres ever recognized, all through overdue Antiquity and the center a while. It includes 21 papers that emanate from a world workshop which was once held at Istanbul in 1999. Divided into 8 sections, the gathering addresses a number of interconnected issues, starting from topography to ritual and beliefs, archaeology, non secular and secular structure, patronage, advertisement existence, social association, women's roles, groups, city improvement and making plans. in part drawing on new archaeological and textual facts, in part directing new inquiries to or reinterpreting formerly to be had resources, the papers provided right here fill vital gaps in our wisdom of Constantinople and improve our belief of the town as either a actual and social entity.
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Sa Crawford, Sardis, 123-4. , 125; see also the table of comparative data in Segal, Function, 48-9. Ztienobia, I (Paris, 1983), 129, 137-45; II (1991), 35-47, fig. 8; Gerasa: B. Welles in Kraeling, Gerasa, nos. 75-7, 87-98, A. H. M. Jones, Palestine Exploration Fund Quarterly Statement (1928), 190-2, and M. Mundell Mango, Artistic Patronage in the Roman Diocese of Oriens, 313-641 AD, Oxford DPhil thesis, 1984, 332; Gaza: Choricius, ed. R. Foerster, Choricii Gazaei opera (Leipzig, 1929), Or. Fun.
44 MARLIA MUNDELL MANGO Figure 6. Isometric drawing of reconstruction of northern tetrapylon at Gerasa. Drawing A. Wilkins based on A. Segal, From Function to Monument. Urban Landscapes of Roman Palestine, Syria and Provincia Arabia (Oxford, 1997), fig. 2. The Streets of Constantinople As we may see from the plans of cities just considered, each is marked by one or possibly a few streets lined with roofed colonnades or porticoes (Figs. 2-3, 6). By contrast, we know from the Notitia of Constantinople composed in ca.
24 24 Mango, Studies on CP, Preface, x. 14 NEVRA NECIPOULU While the quest to re-create Byzantine Constantinople will no doubt continue, it is hoped that the essays offered in this volume, which make no claim of presenting a comprehensive history of the city, will collectively help capture the physical and social environment in which Constantinopolitans lived and illustrate the constant interplay between the architectural and topographic setting of the city, its socio-economic, political and religious structures, and the historical developments.