Homily 10

Name of text: Homily 10
Author of text: Photios, 858-867, 877-886
Date of text: 9th century
Date of person in text: 9th century
Name of structure in text: Virgin of the Pharos
Type of structure in text: church
Date of structure in text Inaugurated 880
Century of structure 1: 9 AD
Century of structure 2:
Country in text: Asia Minor
Region in text:
City in text: Constantinople
Specific place of mosaic in text: Ceiling, dome, apse
Description of mosaic in text: On the very ceiling is painted in coloured mosaic cubes a man-like figure bearing the traits of Christ. Thou mightest say He is overseeing the earth, and devising its orderly arrangement and government, so accurately has the painter been inspired to represent, though only in forms and in colours, the Creator's care for us. In the concave segments next to the summit of the hemisphere a throng of angels is pictured escorting our common Lord. The apse which rises over the sanctuary glistens with the image of the Virgin, stretching out her stainless arms on our behalf and winning for the emperor safety and exploits against the foes. A choir of apostles and martyrs, yea, of prophets too, and patriarchs fill and beautify the whole church with their images.
Mosaic date in text: 9 AD
Tesserae silver mentioned in text? No
Tesserae gold mentioned in text? Yes
Colour descriptions in text: variegated

Photius, Homily X, 4 ff., in Cyril Mango, The Art of the Byzantine Empire 312-1453 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1972, repr. 1986), pp. 185-6

See also:

Janin, R., La Géographie Ecclésiastique de L’Empire Byzantin: Le Siège de Constantinople et le Patriarcat Ecuménique, (Paris: Institut Français d’Études Byzantines, 1953), 3 vols,vol. 3 Les Églises et les Monastères, p. 243


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