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.
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.
Table des matières :
Introduction Sarah Bassett
Part I. The Place and Its People:
- Before Constantinople Thomas Russell
- Urban Development and Decline, Fourth-Fifteenth Centuries Albrecht Berger
- The People of Constantinople Anthony Kaldellis
Part II. Practical Matters:
- Waters for a Capital: Hydraulic Infrastructure and Use in Byzantine Constantinople James Crow
- The Supply of Food to Constantinople Raymond Van Dam
- Constantinople: Building and Maintenance Enrico Zanini
- The Defense of Constantinople Eric McGeer
Part III. Urban Experiences:
- Imperial Constantinople Paul Magdalino
- Residential Constantinople Albrecht Berger and Philipp Niewöhner
- Commercial Constantinople Koray Durak
- Sacred Dimensions: Church Building and Ecclesiastical Practice Vasileios Marinis
- Sacred Dimensions: Constantinopolitan Monasticism Dirk Krassmüller
- Sacred Dimensions: Death and Burial Mark Johnson
Part IV. Institutions and Activities:
- The Administration of Constantinople Andreas Gkoutzoukostas
- Philanthropic Institutions Timothy S. Miller
- Schools and Learning Niels Gaul
- Entertainment Marcus Rautman
Part V. Encountering Constantinople:
- Medieval Travellers to Constantinople: Wonders and Wonder Nike Koutrakou
- Pilgrimage to Constantinople Annemarie Weyl Carr
- Encountering and Inventing Constantinople in Early Modern Europe Sean Roberts
- Byzantium in Early Modern Istanbul Çiğdem Kafescioğlu.
Informations pratiques :
Sarah Bassett, The Cambridge Companion to Constantinople, Cambridge, Cambridge Unniversity Press, 2022. 434 p., ISBN : 9781108705578. Prix : 26,99 GBP.
Source : Cambridge University Press