Publication – Sarah Bassett, « The Cambridge Companion to Constantinople »

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:

  1. Before Constantinople Thomas Russell
  2. Urban Development and Decline, Fourth-Fifteenth Centuries Albrecht Berger
  3. The People of Constantinople Anthony Kaldellis
    Part II. Practical Matters:
  4. Waters for a Capital: Hydraulic Infrastructure and Use in Byzantine Constantinople James Crow
  5. The Supply of Food to Constantinople Raymond Van Dam
  6. Constantinople: Building and Maintenance Enrico Zanini
  7. The Defense of Constantinople Eric McGeer
    Part III. Urban Experiences:
  8. Imperial Constantinople Paul Magdalino
  9. Residential Constantinople Albrecht Berger and Philipp Niewöhner
  10. Commercial Constantinople Koray Durak
  11. Sacred Dimensions: Church Building and Ecclesiastical Practice Vasileios Marinis
  12. Sacred Dimensions: Constantinopolitan Monasticism Dirk Krassmüller
  13. Sacred Dimensions: Death and Burial Mark Johnson
    Part IV. Institutions and Activities:
  14. The Administration of Constantinople Andreas Gkoutzoukostas
  15. Philanthropic Institutions Timothy S. Miller
  16. Schools and Learning Niels Gaul
  17. Entertainment Marcus Rautman
    Part V. Encountering Constantinople:
  18. Medieval Travellers to Constantinople: Wonders and Wonder Nike Koutrakou
  19. Pilgrimage to Constantinople Annemarie Weyl Carr
  20. Encountering and Inventing Constantinople in Early Modern Europe Sean Roberts
  21. 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

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