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Breaking with the Tradition of the Timber Roof Basilica: New Evidence for the Reconstruction of St. John at Ephesus

Karydis, Nikolaos (2010) Breaking with the Tradition of the Timber Roof Basilica: New Evidence for the Reconstruction of St. John at Ephesus. In: XLIII Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies. Byzantium behind the Scenes: Power and Subversion, 27-29 March 2010, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:59651)

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The fragmentary nature of the remains of St. John the Theologian at Ephesus makes the reconstruction of this major 6th century monument particularly difficult. In spite of several efforts to visualise Justinian’s church (H. Hörmann (1951), A. Thiel (2005)), no conclusive evidence for the original form of its vaults has been found. My approach to this problem concentrates on the recording of a series of previously unexplored fragments of vaulting. I demonstrate that the graphic investigation of these fragments, aided by interpretation on the basis of formal comparisons, has the potential to lead to the reasoned reconstruction of the complete superstructure. The importance of this newly discovered evidence is vital. The exploration of these fragments can form the basis for the understanding of the vault patterns and spatial concepts employed in one of the first churches in west Asia Minor to break with the tradition of the timber roof basilica.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: N Visual Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > Kent School of Architecture and Planning
Depositing User: Nikolaos Karydis
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2016 20:27 UTC
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