Parution: M.GREENHALGH, “Constantinople to Córdoba. Dismantling Ancient Architecture in the East, North Africa and Islamic Spain”, 2012, BRILL

Constantinople to Córdoba
Dismantling Ancient Architecture in the East, North Africa and Islamic Spain

Michael Greenhalgh

A survey of the various ways in which the extensive remains of ancient architecture were reused or destroyed in the crescent from Greece and Turkey through Syria, Palestine, North Africa to Islamic Spain. The book complements and echoes some of the themes in the author’s “Marble Past, Monumental Present” (2009). Offering a large number of varied examples, it examines how the ancient landscape was transformed – towns, roads and ports, fountains and waterways, tombs, palaces, villas and inscriptions. It then addresses reuse in churches, mosques and other structures, dealing also with collectors and museum-builders. Also considered are the dismantling and transport of the often massive blocks, and the superstitions surrounding antiquities which contributed to their continuing renown or to their destruction.

Table of contents



Section 1. The landscape and its features

  1. The mediaeval landscape. An overview
  2. Greek and Roman towns
  3. Roads and ports
  4. Fountains, waterways and irrigation
  5. Tombs
  6. Palaces and villas
  7. Inscriptions
  8. Quarries and quarrying

Section 2. Re-using, dismantling and destroying the landscape

  1. Temples, churches and mosques
  2. Ancient monuments: Superstition, preservation, degradation & destruction
  3. Town and fortress walls, projectiles and cannon
  4. The mechanics of dismantling and transport

Section 3. Travelling, collecting, digging

  1. Collecting antiquities
  2. The French invasion of Algeria and the Roman past
  3. Conclusion


Index of people
Index of places
Index of subjects



Agrégée d'Espagnol et docteur en Histoire médiévale à l'Université de Nantes, elle travaille sur les mudéjars/morisques et la littérature aljamiada (Espagne, XV-XVIe s.).

Vous aimerez aussi...

Laisser un commentaire

Votre adresse de messagerie ne sera pas publiée. Les champs obligatoires sont indiqués avec *

Ce site utilise Akismet pour réduire les indésirables. En savoir plus sur comment les données de vos commentaires sont utilisées.