Byzantine buildings: monumental architecture at Miletus and Resafa
Philipp Niewöhner. Die byzantinischen Basiliken von Milet (Milet Ergebnisse der Ausgrabungen und Untersuchungen seit dem Jahr 1899, Band 1; Bauwerke in Milet Heft 11). 2016. xvii+411 pages, numerous colour and b&w illustrations. Berlin: De Gruyter; 978-3-11-041688-6 hardback £142.99.
Thilo Ulbert (ed.). Forschungen in Resafa-Sergiupolis (Resafa 7). 2016. x+254 pages, numerous b&w illustrations. Berlin: De Gruyter; 978-3-11-046746-8 hardback £74.99.
These two new volumes, both published by De Gruyter, shed new light on early Chri- stian and Byzantine art and archaeology. The first focuses on the early Byzantine basilicas of the city of Miletus in Asia Minor; the second turns to the fortified pilgrimage centre of Resafa in Syria and relates mainly to the interpretation of a large building—used for at least part of its history as a church—and the surrounding cemetery. Together, they offer the opportunity to compare and contrast the monumental architecture of the sixth century AD in western Asia Minor, at the heart of the Byzantine Empire, with that of its frontier in the East.
- Andreas Pülz
Institute for the Study of Ancient Culture, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Hollandstrasse 11–13, 1020 Vienna, Austria (Email: andreas.puelz [at] oeaw.ac.at)
- Ina Eichner
Institute for the Study of Ancient Culture, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Hollandstrasse 11–13, 1020 Vienna, Austria (Email: ina.eichner [at] oeaw.ac.at)