Architecture in the Balkans

From Diocletian to Suleyman the Magnificent, c. 300-1550

Slobodan Curcic

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June 27, 2010
608 pages, 9 1/2 x 11 1/2
600 b/w +100 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300115703
Cloth

In this major work, Slobodan Curcic traces the development of architecture in the Balkans from late antiquity to the height of the Ottoman Empire. Covering not just ecclesiastical buildings but architectural enterprises ranging from urban conglomerations, simple houses, and palaces, to fortifications, cisterns, aqueducts, and bridges—Curcic assesses the origins and impact of Byzantine architecture in the region.

This book—the first of its kind on the subject matter—considers the continuity of architectural tradition in a region marked by profound political, cultural, and religious confrontations, as well as periods of creative interactions over a historical span of nearly thirteen centuries. Revealing in terms of the largely unknown material it presents, the book explores processes whose significance extends beyond the Balkan Peninsula itself.  Illustrated with several hundred photographs and drawings, most specifically made for this purpose, the book is a landmark achievement.

Slobodan Curcic is professor in the Department of Art and Archaeology and former director of the Program in Hellenic Studies at Princeton University.

"…this scholarly, readable, and richly illustrated volume analyzes form in precise and informative terms."—Library Journal, starred review

"The study's comprehensiveness is one of its chief virtues, but its most important contribution may be the tremendous number of plans of the various structures demonstrating the buildings' development and differentiation. The extensive bibliography is of major importance. This superb volume is architectural history at its best. . . . Essential."—T. J. McCormick, Choice

"[Architecture in the Balkans] brings together an enormous body of material, and provides an invaluable current bibliography. Many of the illustrations made for it by Joel Kelley and Jelena Bogdanovi are admirable, and some of the author's own photographs are stunningly beautiful."—Ron Baxter, Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain Newsletter