Constantinople to Córdoba: Dismantling Ancient Architecture in the East, North Africa and Islamic Spain

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BRILL, Aug 1, 2012 - History - 510 pages
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A survey of the various ways in which the extensive remains of ancient architecture were reused or destroyed in the crescent from Greece and Turkey through Syria, Palestine, North Africa to Islamic Spain. The book complements and echoes some of the themes in the author's "Marble Past, Monumental Present" (2009). Offering a large number of varied examples, it examines how the ancient landscape was transformed - towns, roads and ports, fountains and waterways, tombs, palaces, villas and inscriptions. It then addresses reuse in churches, mosques and other structures, dealing also with collectors and museum-builders. Also considered are the dismantling and transport of the often massive blocks, and the superstitions surrounding antiquities which contributed to their continuing renown or to their destruction.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Section One The Mediaeval Landscape and Its Features
39
An Overview
41
Chapter Two Greek and Roman Towns
89
Chapter Three Roads and Ports
139
Chapter Four Fountains Waterways and Irrigation
161
Chapter Five Tombs
181
Chapter Six Palaces and Villas
197
Chapter Eleven Town and Fortress Walls Projectiles and Cannon
325
Chapter Twelve The Mechanics of Dismantling and Transport
345
Section Three Travelling Collecting Digging
367
Chapter Thirteen Collecting Antiquities
369
Chapter Fourteen The French Invasion of Algeria and the Roman Past
397
The Transformation of the Mediaeval Mediterranean
421
Bibliography
425
Index of People
497

Chapter Seven Inscriptions
217
Chapter Eight Quarries and Quarrying
237
Section Two ReUsing Dismantling and Destroying the Landscape
257
Chapter Nine Temples Churches and Mosques
259
Superstition Preservation Degradation Destruction
295

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About the author (2012)

Michael GreenhalghDonatello & his Sources" (1982), "Marble Past, Monumental Present" (2009), and many papers on the fate of classical monuments.

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