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Conflict Of Ancient Greek And Christian Architecture During The First Millennium

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/STR030021

Volume

66

Pages

10

Published

2003

Size

994.90 kb

Author(s)

B. P. Leftheris

Abstract

Conflict of Ancient Greek and Christian architecture during the first millennium B. P. Leftheris Association of Kytherian University Professors, Athens, Greece Abstract At first sight it looks like the division of architectural perception between the ancient Greek temples and the Christian churches was distinct, without cultural overlapping. A closer look, however, shows that there was serious conflict in the Byzantine Empire during the first millenium of Christianity. Examples of these effects can be seen today in Egypt and Greece where the monotheistic religion of Chistianity, before its glorious achievements, attempted to destroy ancient Greek temples that were the heritage of beliefs in many Gods. However, the basic rules of applied structural mechanics, were carried on into the Christian era The historical background of ths conflict along with discussion of the archaeological site of Kyfhera that changed from Greek temples to Christian churches will be given in this paper. 1 Introduction

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