Fine Arts | Problems in Byzantine Art
A626 | 31485 | Bassett, Sarah


In November 8, 324, the Roman emperor, Constantine (r. 305-337)
founded the city that would become known as Constantinople on the
site of the old Greco-Roman town of Byzantium.   With the selection
of Byzantium, Constantine launched one of the greatest projects of
urban renewal the ancient world had ever known.  City limits were
drawn, and an armature of colonnaded streets strung with rich
palaces and monumental public gathering places was imposed upon
Byzantiumís extant plan.  In so doing, the emperor and his planners,
created an urban stage for the enactment of imperial ritual that was
to become the envy of the world.  This seminar will examine the
development of Constantinople as an imperial capital from its
foundation in the fourth century through the period of the emperor
Justinian (525-65).  Individual monuments together with the larger
questions of topography, social memory, and urban identity will be
the focus of study. Reading knowledge of French and/or German is
essential.