Byzantine’s Imitating Solomon

Judith Herrin writes:

This pervasive dominance of the ancient world is also revealed in the church of St. Polyeuktos (524-27), constructed by Juliana Anicia, one of the richest individuals in Constantinople. She was a member of the distinguished Roman family of the Anicii in the East. Her church was built to exactly the same dimensions as the original Temple, using the same royal foot of measurement, and decorated with identical symbols of ancient royal authority, which aroused Justinian’s envy.


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