• Beyond the Invisible Cities of Byzantium

    Author(s):
    Nikos Tsivikis (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Group(s):
    Byzantine Archaeology, Byzantine Studies, Late Antiquity
    Subject(s):
    Byzantine Empire, Urban archaeology
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    byzantine archaeology, Byzantium
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/nbqe-tv12
    Abstract:
    Focusing on the use and abuse in the study of Byzantine archaeology and Urbanism of the idea of the “Invisible Cities” as introduced in literature by Italo Calvino, this article attempts to set a framework for understanding Byzantine cities within clear and scientifically defined analytical categories as part of a modernist agenda. At the same time the article examines the distorting influence of Constantinople, as the capital city, on any and all our efforts to understand Byzantine urbanism as a social phenomenon in its true scale. Italian: L’articolo vuole definire una cornice per la comprensione delle città bizantine attraverso categorie analitiche chiare e scientificamente definite come parte di un’agenda modernista, focalizzandosi sull’uso e abuso dell’archeologia bizantina e dell’urbanesimo e utilizzando il concetto calviniano di “Città Invisibili”. Allo stesso tempo l’articolo esamina l’influenza distorta di Costantinopoli, come città capitale, su tutti gli sforzi per capire l’urbanesimo bizantino come fenomeno sociale alla sua scala reale.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 years ago
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