Patria of Constantinople

Name of text: Patria of Constantinople
Author of text:
Date of text: 989-90
Date of person in text:
Name of structure in text: Hagia Sophia
Type of structure in text: church
Date of structure in text 532-37
Century of structure 1: 6 AD
Century of structure 2: 6 AD
Country in text: Turkey
Region in text: Marmara
City in text: Constantinople
Specific place of mosaic in text: Ceilings, walls, columns, revetments, dome
Description of mosaic in text:

And as for the entire ceiling of the galleries, the lateral parts, the nave and all around, and of the four narthexes, he gilded [the ceiling] with gleaming gold glass, all the way to the surrounding forecourts.  He also gilded the galleries, the columns and the revetments.  4.15, [Berger, pp. 254-5].

…[in 566, reign of Justin II, 565-578] it happened that the dome collapsed …[the emperor asked the original engineer] what happened? …And he said, ‘your uncle removed the wooden supports that were in the dome too hastily and covered it with mosaic too quickly, and made it too high so it would be seen from everywhere. 4.28, [Berger, pp. 268-9]

Mosaic date in text: 6 AD
Tesserae silver mentioned in text? No
Tesserae gold mentioned in text? Yes
Colour descriptions in text:

The Patria, trans. by Albrecht Berger (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2013)


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