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Eastern Medieval Architecture: The Building Traditions of Byzantium and Neighboring Lands

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The rich and diverse architectural traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean and adjacent regions are the subject of this book. Representing the visual residues of a "forgotten" Middle Ages, the social and cultural developments of the Byzantine Empire, the Caucasus, the Balkans, Russia, and the Middle East parallel the more familiar architecture of Western Europe. The book offers an expansive view of the architectural developments of the Byzantine Empire and areas under its cultural influence, as well as the intellectual currents that lie behind their creation. The book alternates chapters that address chronological or regionally-based developments with thematic studies that focus on the larger cultural concerns, as they are expressed in architectural form.

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Ousterhout Robert
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A specialist in Byzantine and medieval architecture, Robert G. Ousterhout is Professor Emeritus in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught 2007-17, and where he also served as Director of the Center for Ancient Studies. He taught previously at the University of Illinois, where he received his PhD in 1982.

Author's Preface

Introduction: Historical Architecture, East and West
Part One: Late Antiquity (fourth to Seventh Centuries)
Chapter One: Rome, the Domus Ecclesiae, and the Church Basilica
Chapter Two: A Tale of Two Cities: Constantinople and Jerusalem in the Time of Constantine
Chapter Three: Ritual Settings I: Liturgy, Initiation, Commemoration
Chapter Four: Ritual Settings II: Pilgrimage, Relics, and Sacred Space
Chapter Five: Makers, Methods, and Materials
Chapter Six: Regional Developments, East and West
Chapter Seven: Secular Architecture: Cities, Houses, and Fortifications
Chapter Eight: Innovative Architecture
Chapter Nine: The Basilica Transformed: Hagia Sophia in Constantinople
Chapter Ten: Justinian's Building Program and Sixth-Century Developments
Part Two: The Transitional Period (seventh to ninth centuries)
Chapter Eleven: The Transitional Period within Byzantium
Chapter Twelve: Transformation at the Edges of Empire
Part Three: The Middle Byzantine Centuries (ninth to twelfth centuries)
Chapter Thirteen: New Church Architecture and the Rise of Monasticism
Chapter Fourteen: Secular Architecture and the Fate of the City
Chapter Fifteen: Constantinople as an Architectural Center
Chapter Sixteen: Master Builders and Their Craft
Chapter Seventeen: Development of Regional Styles I: Middle Byzantine Greece and Macedonia
Chapter Eighteen: Development of Regional Styles II: Middle Byzantine Anatolia
Chapter Nineteen: Development of Regional Styles III: The Caucasus
Chapter Twenty: Contested Lands: Architecture at the Time of the Crusades
Chapter Twenty-One: The Exotic West: Southern Italy, Venice, and Sicily
Chapter Twenty-Two: Exporting a Culture / Importing a Culture: Bulgaria, Kievan Rus' and Serbia
Part Four: The Late Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Centuries (thirteenth to fifteenth centuries)
Chapter Twenty-Three: The Difficult Thirteenth Century
Chapter Twenty-Four: Palaiologan Constantinople and a New Architectural Idiom
Chapter Twenty-Five: Old and New: Greek Cities and Landscapes
Chapter Twenty-Six: Regional Diversity: Bulgaria, Serbia, and Romania
Chapter Twenty-Seven: Rival Powers: The Ottomans and Russia
Epilogue: An Enduring Legacy
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