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Early Byzantine capitals from the Episcopal Basilica of Philippopolis

Author(s): Iva Doseva
Subject(s): History, Archaeology, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Ancient World, History of Art
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: For the first time capitals of the Episcopal Basileca of Philippopolis, samples of the and impost the ionic impost type – Byzantine inventions designed to carry arcades – are being published. Some of the specimens testify to a large-scale reconstruction of the roof structure of the basilica a in time the reign of Justinian I. The capitals were probably originated from the imperial quarries and workshops on the island of Proconnesоs, but jugging by some marked but not sufficiently shaped details of the relief decoration as well as by specific decorative schemes of pulvinae, at least the final phase had to be executed on site. The unfinished Ionic capital made of syenite, the material extracted close to Philippopolis during the Roman period is evidence of continuing, albeit limited, stonemasonry activity.

  • Issue Year: 2021
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 3-12
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Bulgarian