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Author Boeck, Elena N., 1974- author.

Title The bronze horseman of Justinian in Constantinople : the cross-cultural biography of a Mediterranean monument / Elena N. Boeck, DePaul University, Chicago
Published Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2021


Description 1 online resource (xxvii, 451 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Justinian's Entry into Constantinople: He Came, He Saw, He Conquered -- The Making of Justinian's Forum -- Defying a Defining Witness: the Bronze Horseman and the Buildings (De Aedificiis) of Prokopios -- The Horseman of Baghdad Responds to the Horseman of Constantinople -- Soothing Imperial Anxieties: Theophilos and the Restoration of Justinian's Crown -- Debating Justinian's Merits in the Tenth Century -- The Bronze Horseman and a Dark Hour for Humanity -- The Horseman Becomes Heraclius: Crusading Narratives of the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries -- From Exile in Nicaea to Restoration of Constantinople -- A Learned Dialogue Across the Ages: Pachymeres Confronts Prokopios -- Orb-session: Constantinople's Future in the Bronze Horseman's Hand -- Justinian's Column and the Antiquarian Gaze: A Centuries-Old 'Secret' Exposed -- A Timeless Ideal: Constantinople in Slavonic Imagination of the 14th-15th centuries -- The Horseman Meets its End -- Horse as Historia, Byzantium as Allegory -- Shadowy Past and Menacing Future -- After the Fall: The Bronze Horseman and Eternal Tsar'grad
Summary "Justinian's triumphal column was the tallest free-standing column of the pre-modern world and was crowned with arguably the largest metal equestrian sculpture created anywhere in the world before 1699. The Byzantine empire's bronze horseman towered over the heart of Constantinople, assumed new identities, spawned conflicting narratives, and acquired widespread international acclaim. Because all traces of Justinian's column were erased from the urban fabric of Istanbul in the sixteenth century, scholars have undervalued its astonishing agency and remarkable longevity. Its impact in visual and verbal culture was arguably among the most extensive of any Mediterranean monument. This book analyzes Byzantine, Islamic, Slavic, Crusader, and Renaissance historical accounts, medieval pilgrimages, geographic, apocalyptic and apocryphal narratives, vernacular poetry, Byzantine, Bulgarian, Italian, French, Latin, and Ottoman illustrated manuscripts, Florentine wedding chests, Venetian paintings, and Russian icons to provide an engrossing and pioneering biography of a contested medieval monument during the millennium of its life"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 05, 2021)
SUBJECT Justinian I, Emperor of the East, 483?-565 -- Monuments -- Turkey -- Istanbul
Justinian I, Emperor of the East, 483?-565. fast (OCoLC)fst00032865
Subject Equestrian statues -- Turkey -- Istanbul
Monuments -- Social aspects -- Turkey -- Istanbul -- History
HISTORY -- Europe -- General.
Byzantine antiquities.
Equestrian statues.
SUBJECT Istanbul (Turkey) -- Antiquities, Byzantine
Subject Turkey -- Istanbul.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2021009404
ISBN 9781108178341