Procopius, On Buildings. General Index

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or for the history of architecture, it has seemed unnecessary to list it.

The Buildings was first published, incompletely, by Beatus Rhenanus at Basel in 1531; his edition was reprinted at Paris in 1543. A more complete text was edited by David Hoeschel at Augsburg in 1607. The next edition was that of Claudius Maltretus (Paris, 1663), which was reprinted at Venice in 1729. The text was again edited by G. Dindorf at Bonn in 1838, largely on the basis of Maltretus’s edition. The present edition is based upon that of J. Haury in the Teubner series (Leipzig, 1913), though his text occasionally has been modified. There is an English translation by Aubrey Stewart, with notes by C. W. Wilson and Hayter Lewis, in the series of the Palestine Pilgrims’ Text Society (London, 1896).

The plans and elevations used in this book, while redrawn, have been taken from the following publications, to which due acknowledgement is hereby given:

  • W. R. Lethaby and H. Swainson, The Church of Sancta Sophia, London, Macmillan, 1894, Figs. 3 and 4.
  • A. Van Millingen, R. Traquair, and others, Byzantine Churches in Constantinople, London, Macmillan, 1912, Plan of SS. Sergius and Bacchus, p. 80.
  • K. Wulzinger, “Die Apostelkirche und die Mehmedije zu Konstantinopel,” Byzantion, vii, 1932, Plan of St. John’s at Ephesus, p. 26.
  • H. Spanner and S. Guyer, Rusafa (Forschungen zur 1slamischen Kunst, hrsg. F. Sarre), Berlin, D. Reimer (E. Vohsen), 1926, Plans of fortifications, Plates 2, 4 and 5.
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The maps have been taken, with the omission of certain details, from the following publications, to which acknowledgement is made:

  • Van Millingen, op. cit., Map of Constantinople, facing p. 15.
  • Cambridge Ancient History (Cambridge University Press), Map of the Euphrates Frontier, vol. I, map no. 7; Map of the Roman Empire, vol. II map no. 15.

At the last moment before this volume goes to press it is possible to add:

  • Kenneth J. Conant, “The First Dome of St Sophia and its Rebuilding,” American Journal of Archaeology, xliii (1939), 589–591, which has an important bearing upon the narrative of Procopius in I. 66 ff., pages 29–33 infra. Professor Conant’s study of the architectural history of this church was to have appeared in the first issue for 1940 of the Bulletin of the Byzantine Institute, whose publication has been delayed by the war in Europe. In advance of that publication Professor Conant reproduces architectural drawings of the cross-section of the building which show (1) the original plan of the dome, (2) the deformation which occurred before the building settled, and (3) the reconstruction which took place in 558–563.
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