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Title Spolia in Fortifications and the Role of the Common Builder in Late Antiquity
Published [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2015


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Series Mnemosyne, Supplements, History and Archaeology of Classical Antiquity
Mnemosyne, bibliotheca classica Batava. Supplementum. History and archaeology of classical antiquity.
Contents Acknowledgements; List of Figures; Chapter 1. Introduction; The Structure of the Present Study; Chapter 2. Themes; What are Spolia?; Defining Spolia; An Agency Approach; Fortifications; The Larger Context; Chapter 3. Reuse as Repair: The "Inscription Wall" at Aegina; The City of Aegina and Site of Kolonna; Historical and Archaeological Context; Description of the Inscription Wall; Reuse as Repair; Toichobate and Orthostate; Headers and Stretchers; Vertical Joints; Meaningful or Decorative Reuse?; Uniformity?; Conclusions; Chapter 4. Reuse as Reinterpretation: Section R at Sparta
Sparta in the Roman PeriodPrevious Study of the Fortification at Sparta; Description of the Late Roman Fortification; Description of "Section R"; Sources of Material; Late Roman Construction Techniques; A Reinterpretation? Shape, Color and the Doric Style; Units of Construction?; Conclusions; Chapter 5. Reuse as Rejection: The Fortress at Isthmia; The Sanctuary and Fortress at Isthmia; Recent Study of the Fortress; Description of the Course of the Fortress Walls; Tower 7 and Adjacent Wall: Traditional Techniques; Tower 14 and Adjacent Wall: A Different Approach; A Single Unified Project?
Working in TeamsConclusions; Chapter 6. Spoliation as Process, Military Strategy, and Democratization; Similarities; Differences; Fortifications as Evidence of Spoliation; Process and Agency, Not Typology; Spolia and Military Strategy; Democratization in Late Antiquity; Works Cited; Index of Names and Subjects
Summary Through intensive surveys of three fortifications in late Roman Greece, Frey reveals the untapped potential of spolia in demonstrating the critical role played by non-elites in bringing about the architectural and social changes that mark the end of classical antiquity. As his analysis demonstrates, when studied less as displaced objects to be classified by type and more as evidence for the construction process itself, spolia offer a unique opportunity to examine the ways in which common builders met the challenge of using pre-existing building materials to meet their contemporary architectural needs. This ¿́¿bottom-up¿́¿ approach offers an alternative to the traditional view that attributes change and innovation only to the genius of prominent individuals known to us in historical sources. -- Provided by publisher
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Subject Fortification -- Greece -- History -- To 1500
Building materials -- Recycling -- Greece -- History -- To 1500
Building materials -- Recycling
SUBJECT Aigina (Greece : Municipality) -- Antiquities
Isthmía (Greece) -- Antiquities
Sparta (Extinct city)
Greece -- History, Military -- To 146 B.C.
Subject Greece
Greece -- Aigina (Municipality)
Greece -- Isthmía
Greece -- Sparta (Extinct city)
Genre/Form History
Military history
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9789004289673