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Porta aurea на късноантичния Филипопол
Porta aurea of late antique Philippopolis

Author(s): Ivo Topalilov
Subject(s): History, Archaeology, Ancient World
Published by: Фондация "Българско историческо наследство"
Keywords: Porta aurea; Theodosuis I; Constantinople, Philippopolis; Thrace; Golden gate; Christianity

Summary/Abstract: The influence of Constantinople in almost every aspect of life in the provincial capitals located in its hinterland is undisputable. Thus, it is not surprisingly to find out that some initiatives that were established and carried out in the city of Constantine, and especially those of imperial importance were copied in these cities. The archaeological study in Philippopolis, the capital of Late antique province of Thrace, reveals among the examples known, one many note the case with the Theodosian Golden Gate. Unlike the Constantinopolitan prototype the Gate in Philippopolis is known in the literary sources as ‘Eastern Gate’, i.e. on the road coming from East, i.e. Constantinople. So, in this article are discussed the transformations that were carried out in the Gate-complex in Philippopolis according the nature and ideology of Porta aurea which in fact changed entirely the original complex.

  • Issue Year: 7/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 3-20
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Bulgarian