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The profession of the architect in Late Antique Byzantium

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posted on 2023-06-08, 14:00 authored by Nadine Schibille
This article re-examines the profession of the late antique mechanikos, who is identified as a practising architect with a sound liberal arts education as well as practical training. Despite the practical orientation of his profession, the mechanikos was of high social standing. This was possible because the practical utility of a vocation was increasingly acknowledged favourably in late antiquity and is reflected in early Byzantine portrayals of patrons, who allegedly invested hard labour in prestigious building campaigns and posed as the supreme architects

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Publication status

  • Published

Journal

Byzantion - Revue Internationale des √Čtudes Byzantines

ISSN

0378-2506

Volume

79

Page range

360-379

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  • Art History Publications

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Peer reviewed?

  • Yes

Legacy Posted Date

2012-11-30

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