By Albrecht Berger

The Patria is a desirable four-book selection of brief ancient notes, tales, and legends concerning the constructions and monuments of Constantinople, compiled within the overdue 10th century via an nameless writer who made considerable use of older assets. It additionally describes the basis and early (pre-Byzantine) heritage of the town, and comprises the Narrative at the building of Hagia Sophia, a semi-legendary account of Emperor Justinian I's patronage of this striking church (built among 532 and 537). The Patria constitutes a distinct list of renowned traditions concerning the urban, particularly its pagan statues, held by means of its medieval population. whilst it's the in simple terms Medieval Greek textual content to provide a landscape of town because it existed within the center Byzantine interval. regardless of its difficulties of ancient reliability, the Patria is nonetheless one in all our major publications for the city historical past of medieval Constantinople. This translation makes the full textual content of the Patria available in English for the 1st time.

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