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    DescriptionConstantine of Rhodes's tenth-century poem is an account of public monuments in Constantinople and of the Church of the Holy Apostles. In the opening section of the work, Constantine describes columns and sculptures within the city, seven of which he calls 'wonders'. In the second part of the poem, he portrays the Church of the Holy Apostles, offering an account of its architecture and internal decoration, notably the mosaics, seven of which are also depicted as 'wonders'. On one level, the poem offers an account of what was visible, a sense of city topography and, in the case of the Apostoleion, a vital description of a now-lost building. But it cannot be read as a straightforward description. Rather, Constantine's work offers insights into Byzantine perceptions of works of art. The monuments Constantine decided to portray and the ways in which he chose to describe them say as much, if not more, about the social and cultural milieu in which he operated as about the actual physical appearance of the monuments themselves. Further, the poem itself, as it survives in one fifteenth-century manuscript, raises questions: is it, in its current form, a single poem or is it made up of a compilation of Constantine's writings?This book supersedes the two previous editions of the poem, both dating to 1896, and provides the first full translation of the text. It consists of a new Greek edition of Constantine's poem, with an introductory essay, prepared by Ioannis Vassis, and a translation and commentary by a group of scholars headed by Liz James. Liz James also contributes an extensive discussion of the two distinct parts of the poem, the city monuments and the Church of the Holy Apostles.


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    Title
    Constantine of Rhodes, on Constantinople and the Church of the Holy Apostles
    Subtitle
    With a New Edition of the Greek Text by Ioannis Vassis
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Liz James
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 266
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 635 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781409431671
    ISBN 10: 1409431673
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC subject category V2: DSC
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    B&T General Subject: 431
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 90, 35
    BISAC V2.8: LIT014000, HIS037010
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 36
    BISAC V2.8: ART015060
    DC22: 881/.01
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC23: 881.01
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PA5310.C57 C66 2012
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    maps
    Publisher
    Ashgate Publishing Group
    Imprint name
    Ashgate Publishing Limited
    Publication date
    12 December 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Aldershot
    Author Information
    Liz James, University of Sussex, UK
    Table of contents
    Contents: Preface; Introduction to the Greek edition, Ioannis Vassis; manuscript tradition and editions of the text; Date; Metrics; De ratione edendi.; Greek edition, Ioannis Vassis; Translation, Vassiliki Dimitropoulou, Liz James and Robert Jordan; Commentary, Liz James; Constantine of Rhodes's poem and art history; The poet and the poem; 'A particular account of the statues of the city and its high and very great columns': Constantine's account of Constantinople; The Church of the Holy Apostles: fact and fantasy, descriptions and reconstructions; Conclusion; Bibliography; Indices.