Byzantium’s Other Empire : Trebizond
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ByzantinefamiliarityandAnatolianforeignness. From 1204 to 1461 thecitywas at theheart of an empirethatproudlyproclaimeditsinheritance of Byzantinepower, but simultaneouslystood apart from it; a “GreekEmirate” surroundedbyTurkishandCaucasianstates.
Focusing on thechurch of HagiaSophia in Trebizond, withitsunusualarchitecture, uniquesculpturaldecorationandextraordinarywallpaintings, Byzantium’sOtherEmpire: Trebizondrevealstheways in whichthesetensionswereexpressed in publicin themonuments of theempire. Itdrawsextensively on thephotographanddrawingarchives of David andJuneWinfield, held in theConway Library at theCourtauldInstitute of Art. TheWinfieldsrestoredthechurchfrom 1959-1963, in a projectmastermindedby David Talbot Rice. Here, TalbotRice’sphotographsfrom 1929, as well as those of otherearlyscholarswhovisited Trabzon, notablyGabriel Millet in 1893 andFyodorUspenskii in 1916-1917 arepresented. Thesescholarsrecordedthecity, itspalaces, churchesandmonasteries. Theyprovideglimpses of a lostempireand of thecity of Trebizondwhich has beentransformed in thedecades since theirvisits. Thisvolumealsoincludesthefirstpublishedtranslationinto English of thefourteenth-centurychronicle of Michael Panaretos.