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The lands of Byzantium in their hey-day boasted a larger proportion of ancient monuments than any in Western Europe, but she was to lose many during the Moslem advance, which involved military conquest but also an often peacable takeover of resident populations from Syria to North Africa. The Moslems gained an economy that often was working well (including silk-workers and international traders), and could address the Byzantine Emperor for help when needed, as it supposedly was for the construction of the Dome of the Rock and the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus. This chapter surveys the increasing use of old materials in Byzantium in the centuries after Justinian, prompted in part by a partial or even complete shut-down of quarries and, by comparison with his achievements, a downsizing of building projects and their decoration, perhaps balanced by a good knowledge of the ancient remains of Byzantium due to travellers.

Keywords: ancient monuments; Byzantium; military conquest; Moslems



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