Vita Basilii

Name of text: Vita Basilii
Author of text: Anon
Date of text: 10th century
Date of person in text: ruled 866-886
Name of structure in text: Church of Elijah the Tishbite, within the palace
Type of structure in text: church
Date of structure in text
Century of structure 1:
Century of structure 2:
Country in text: Asia Minor
Region in text:
City in text: Constantinople
Specific place of mosaic in text: Ceiling
Description of mosaic in text: There is, to begin with, a church constructed for Elijah the Tishbite in the eastern part of the palace.  It is replete with sumptuous beauty, and that not only within but without as well: for the roof above, consisting entirely of well-fitting mosaic tesserae, used to be resplendent with gold, though by now, with the passage of time, frequent rains, wintry snows and frosts have damaged it, and thus have spoiled much of its beauty.
Mosaic date in text: 9 AD
Tesserae silver mentioned in text? No
Tesserae gold mentioned in text? Yes
Colour descriptions in text:

Chronographiae quae Theophanis Continuati Nomine Fertur Liber quo Vita Basilii Imperatoris Amplectitur, trans by Ihor Šev?enko (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2011), 87.15-20, pp. 282-3

Mango, Cyril, The Art of the Byzantine Empire 312-1453 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1986), p. 196


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