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: Holy Apostles
Type of structure in text: Church
Date of structure in text 6th century
Century of structure 1: 6 AD
Century of structure 2:
Country in text: Turkey
Region in text:
City in text: Constantinople
Specific place of mosaic in text: Church and mausoleum.
Description of mosaic in text:

Four years after the construction of Hagia Sophia had started the building of this church began.  When it had reached the point where it should be decorated with mosaics, the empress [Theodora] lacked the necessary sum of money. And when the Augusta was aggrieved about this, the holy apostles appeared to her in a dream, saying to her, ‘Do not worry about the gold coins, nor ask your husband Justinian for money but go out through the Dexiokrates gate to the shore, and you will find twelve buried pots, full of gold.  The Augusta sent there and found them, each one with the name of one of the holy apostles.  She took them, praised God, and spent them on the church.
Justinian made the outer mausoleum of the heretics and the orthodox and decorated it with mosaics, and was buried there, as was his wife Theodora, the builder of the Holy Apostles.  Emperor Basil (I, 867-886) took the mosaic and the marbles away when he built the New Church and the [church of the Mother of God of the] Forum

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

The Patria, 4.32,trans. by Albrecht Berger (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2013), pp. 276-79.


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