The rich and diverse architectural traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean and adjacent regions are the subject of this book. Representing the visual residues of a “forgotten” Middle Ages, the social and cultural developments of the Byzantine Empire, the Caucasus, the Balkans, Russia, and the Middle East parallel the more familiar architecture of Western Europe. The book offers an expansive view of the architectural developments of the Byzantine Empire and areas under its cultural influence, as well as the intellectual currents that lie behind their creation. The book alternates chapters that address chronological or regionally-based developments with thematic studies that focus on the larger cultural concerns, as they are expressed in architectural form.
东地中海及邻近地区丰富多样的建筑传统是本书的主题。 代表“被遗忘的”中世纪的视觉残余，拜占庭帝国，高加索，巴尔干，俄罗斯和中东的社会和文化发展与西欧更为熟悉的建筑相似。 这本书提供了对拜占庭帝国的建筑发展及其文化影响的地区以及其创作背后的知识潮流的广阔视野。 本书将以时间顺序或区域为基础的发展的章节与专注于更大的文化问题的专题研究交替，因为它们以建筑形式表达。