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: Hagia Sophia
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: Apse
Description of mosaic in text: Thus, as the large and lofty western arch of the famous divine shrine that has been assigned the name of the Great Wisdom of God had developed grave cracks and was threatening imminent collapse, he had it tightened up and restored with the help of skilled master craftsmen and thus rendered it sturdy and sound.  He also caused the image of the Mother of God carrying in her arms her immaculately conceived Son to be depicted in that arch; and he had Peter and Paul, chief among the apostles, placed on either side of her.
Mosaic date in text: 9 AD
Tesserae silver mentioned in text? No
Tesserae gold mentioned in text? No
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), 79.1-10, pp. 264-7.

Mango, Cyril, The Art of the Byzantine Empire 312-1453 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1986), p. 192


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