Mystras - The Medieval City and Castle

Mystras - The Medieval City and Castle

By: Manolis Chatzidakis (author)Paperback

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Chatzidakis scrutinizes the first evidence for Mystras, before the Frankish Conquest of 1249; the city's acme, under the Franks (from 1249 to 1262), and subsequently, in the days of the Kantakouzenoi and the Palaiologoi; and again when, as capital of the Despotate of the Morea (from 1348 to 1460), Mystras became "the centre and very soul of the Peloponnese", a city in constant communication, politically and culturally, with the capital of the Byzantine Empire, Constantinople itself. And indeed the rich decoration of Mystras' churches - the Metropolis, the Aphendiko, the Peribleptos, or the Pantanassa, for instance - is a brilliant example of Constantinople's art at its greatest. Chatzidakis also has a chapter about each of the monuments and its architecture, painting, and sculptured decoration, with notes on the minor chapels. The Castle, the walls, the palaces, and the houses - the indispensable framework for a better understanding of the art of Byzantine Mystras - are examined in the last part of the book.This new edition retains the author's original text in its original form, comprising a detailed study of the monuments and the city over the centuries. All that is new is the additions and adjustments made necessary by recent findings, the result of conservation and restoration work on the archaeological site by the Fifth Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities (Sparta). Essential additions have also been made to the chapter on the Museum: these are due to the recent new exhibition on display since 2001, and in particular to the conservation and study of the dress of the Byzantine princess. This edition also has the benefit of new photographs of the site and the monuments.


MYSTRAS; Page 9 Introduction; Page 10 The ruined city; Page 13 History-location and setting; Page 14 Mystras before 1249; Page 15 Mystras-a Frankish castle (1249-1262); Mystras as the seat of a Byzantine; Military governor (1262-1348); Page 16 Mystras as the capital of the Despotat; The Katakouzenoi (1348-1384); Page 17 The Palaiologoi (1384-1460); Page 20 After 1460; Page 25 The monuments of Mystras; The Metropolis; Page 28 Architecture; Page 30 Sculptured decoration; Page 32 Museum; Page 35 Wall paintings; Page 47 The Brontochion; Page 50 Wall paintings; Page 51 Sculptured decoration; Page 53 Hodegetria - Aphendiko; Architecture; Page 57 Sculptured decoration; Page 59 Wall paintings; Page 69 St. Sophia; Architecture; Page 70 Sculptured decoration; Wall paintings; Page 73 The Peribleptos; Architecture; Page 75 Sculptured decoration; Page 77 Wall paintings; Page 91 The Evangelistria; Page 92 Architecture; Sculptured decoration; Wall paintings; Page 95 The Pantanassa; Page 96 Architecture; Page 98 Sculptured decoration; Page 101 Wall paintings; Page 108 The Chapels; Page 111 The Palace; Page 119 The Houses; Page 123 The citadel and the walls; Page 124 The Myth of Mystras. 9 From legend to history; 10 Monasticism on Mount Athos; 16 Mount Athos today; 21 The government of Mount Athos; 22 The life of the monks on Athos; 26 Work; 29 Food; 30 Karyes - the Protaton; 35 Great Lavra; 43 The monastery of Vatopedi; 51 The monastery of Iveron; 57 The monastery of Chelandari; 63 The monastery of Dionysiou; 69 The monastery of Koutloumousiou; 75 The monastery of Pantokrator; 79 The monastery of Xeropotamou; 85 The monastery of Zographou; 91 The monastery of Docheiariou; 95 The monastery of Karakalou; 99 The monastery of Philotheou; 103 The monastery of Simonopetra; 107 The monastery of St Paul; 113 The monastery of Stavronikita; 119 The monastery of Xenophontos; 123 The monastery of Gregoriou; 127 The monastery of Esphigmenou; 133 The monastery of St Panteleimon; 139 The monastery of Kastamonitou; 143 The art of Mount Athos; 143 Architecture; 151 Sculpture; 154 Painting; 155 Monumental art; 165 Portable icons; 173 Illuminated manuscripts; 181 Miniature art; 187 Vestments and gold - embroidered fabrics; 191 Other treasures; 197 Epilogue; 200 Glossary.

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  • ISBN13: 9789602130650
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 128
  • ID: 9789602130650
  • ISBN10: 9602130652
  • translations: Greek, Modern (1453-)

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