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Ancient and early christian Europe and Byzantium

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The use of marble rather than wood or local stone involves organisation, skilled workmanship and great expense, as well as dedication on the part of rich collectors. It is a deliberate choice over cheaper and locally available materials. Its value therefore makes it suitable for re-use. This chapter examines Byzantium and how it used marble both freshcut and re-used for both of which it had from the beginning a decided taste. It deals largely with Rome, but pilgrimage necessarily extended to other holy sites further east including Jerusalem? to areas soon to be under the control of Islam. Such journeys introduced Westerners not only to the new religion, but also to many ruined Roman cities where Christian shrines were located.

Keywords: Byzantium; Christian shrines; Islam; Jerusalem; marble



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