List of illustrations; Periodicals: abbreviations; Primary sources; Abbreviations; Preface; Introduction; 1. The shape of the city; 2. Creating the collection; 3. The Constantinian collections; 4. Theodosian Constantinople; 5. The Lausos collection; 6. Justinian and antiquity; The catalogue; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.
This book reconstructs Constantinople's collection of antiquities from its foundation to its fall.
Sarah Bassett is Associate Professor of Art History at Wayne State University. A scholar of late antique and Byzantine art, she has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Dumbarton Oaks. She has contributed to Dumbarton Oaks Papers,The American Journal of Archaeology, and The Art Bulletin.
'Sarah Bassett's study of the reuse of ancient sculpture in early Constantinople offers a unique approach to the creation of a civic identity in the Late Antique period, and an important reassessment of the foundation of the Byzantine capital.' Cornucopia 'This is an informative and highly readable work whose title conceals its relevance to a far broader readership than specialists in late antiquity ... an extremely useful volume which should appeal to a wide range of readers, both because of the nature of its contents and because of the highly accessible style in which she writes throughout.' Classics Ireland '... this volume is a valuable contribution to the field of late antique studies, tackling important but neglected historical questions, demonstrating a mastery of difficult sources, and offering an imaginative and thought-provoking thesis. It is certain to become the starting-point for all future studies of Constantinople's early urban development.' Journal of Hellenic Studies