By Michael Greenhalgh
This can be a huge survey of a few of the structural and ornamental makes use of of marble and antiquities through the Mediterranean throughout the Millennium following the Emperor Constantine. The heavy footprint of Roman civic and non secular structure helped offer appealing and lush construction fabrics, re-used to build diversified and infrequently refined monuments. The publication argues that marble-rich websites and towns round this lake have been associated at a number of occasions and in various levels by way of alternate, pilgrimage, warfare and international relations, in addition to via the imperatives of faith - Venice to Alexandria, Damascus to Cordoba. Aachen makes much less experience irrespective of Rome or Jerusalem; Damascus with out Kairouan; Istanbul with out Cairo. To accompany the illustrations within the textual content, the DVD behind the booklet comprises over 5,000 photos, including discussions which expand quite a few arguments within the published publication.
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26 for an 8th–9thC slab of transenna, 110 × 109cm, with arms of Nicholas V on the verso—found reused in the pavement of the Stanza della Segnatura. introduction 31 ing link being trade; so that the Mediterranean remit of the series of which this book forms a part should help us to view European and Byzantine architecture from outside, as it were, where the verde antico is always greener. 2 It is a deliberate choice over cheaper and locally available materials. Its value therefore makes it suitable for re-use.
75 Even in Antiquity, when we do have documents of some kind, it is not always easy to know exactly how to interpret them, so that frequently we might chorus with Westermann-Angerhausen that “The basis . . ”76 Thus when Barbarius Pompeianus proclaims that he repaved Avella (Campania) “silicibus e montibus excisis non e dirutis monumentis advectis,” this could be a defensive response to the various edicts forbidding the pilfering of monuments, or even some reflection of local quarrying prosperity.
But although matters have certainly improved over the past few decades, there are many sites once capable of yielding important data—but which were dug before anyone had much interest in mediaeval archaeology. It was normal to dig down to the classical layers and ignore the rest. Hence we know less than we might about the mediaeval occupation of the Roman Forum, or of a large number of important Roman villa sites. 90 Given the natural superiority some archaeologists would like to assume as “scientists,” it is worth underlining that it is earlier archaeologists as much as the inhabitants who have destroyed the evidence for much of North Africa,91 as elsewhere.
Marble Past, Monumental Present: Building With Antiquities in the Mediaeval Mediterranean (The Medieval Mediterranean) by Michael Greenhalgh