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The Main Chapel Of The Durres Amphitheater: Decoration And Chronology, Kimberly Bowes, John Mitchell Jan 2009

The Main Chapel Of The Durres Amphitheater: Decoration And Chronology, Kimberly Bowes, John Mitchell

Departmental Papers (Classical Studies)

The amphitheater at Durres in central Albania is one of the larger and better preserved amphitheaters of the Roman world, as well as one of the eastern-most examples of the amphitheater form. Nonetheless, it is not for its Roman architecture that the building is best known, but its later Christian decoration, specifically, a series of mosaics which adorn the walls of a small chapel inserted into the amphitheater's Roman fabric. First published by Vangel To├ži in 1971, these mosaics were introduced to a wider scholarly audience through their inclusion in Robin Cormack's groundbreaking 1985 volume Writing in Gold ...