1. Please discuss the development of the Basilica from late Roman times to the Constantinian and early Christian period. Consider its function and architectural form. Base your discussion on particular examples that we have studied in class and relate to the readings provided. Also consider questions of Imperial and Church patronage. What was the reason for choosing the basilica as the public place of Christian worship.
2. Discuss briefly the establishment of Imperial Constantinople under the Emperor Constantine. What did the city look like, what were the most important buildings and why was Constantinople built in its particular geographic location. Base your discussion
on what we have discussed in the class and the materials available to you.
3. Discuss the development of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem as related by the historian Eusebius, from biblical times to the period of Constantine. How does the building Eusebius describes differ from what it looks like today? How is the building
integrated in the fabric of the city throughout the ages.
4. Compare and contrast the sarcophagi of Constantia and Helena in the Vatican Museums. Where were they once located? What are they made from? What is the symbolism behind their decorative programs. How do they relate to their original locations.
5. Discuss the legacy of the equestrian monument between ancient Rome and Byzantium. Base your discussion on relevant examples known to you.
6.How are the personal visions and ideas of Justinian and Theodora reflected in the monuments they commissioned? Base your arguments on relevant historical literary and material evidence that has been provided and discussed in class.
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idea. Always make informed statements, do not say something without providing back
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discussed and then weave them into your own idea. Think first before you write and
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your points you are making. They must be linked to your thesis and argument, not just
decoration. Maybe you want to propose questions you have encountered and find
interesting, but have not had time to answer here. Check the attached rubric on how the
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Please discuss the development of the Basilica from late Roman times to the Constantinian and early Christian period.