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Marzamemi, ripescati i resti di una chiesa bizantina


MARZAMEMI. I resti di una chiesa bizantina dell' età giustinianea riportati alla luce nel mare di Marzamemi, in provincia di Siracusa, grazie a un lavoro di squadra che unisce l' Italia, e la Sicilia in particolare, agli Stati Uniti. Si è chiuso da pochi giorni il cantiere subacqueo aperto nella zona di Bove Marino, a un miglio dalla costa di Marzamemi, nella zona sud della provincia di Siracusa.





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'Flat-pack' church lost in shipwreck to be built after 1,500 years

via The Telegraph 

It is the ultimate in DIY: a flat-pack building found on the bottom of the sea 1,500 years after it sunk.

A Byzantine church is to be reassembled for the first time in its long history, after it was lost in a ship wreck around 550AD.

The church is to go on show at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford as part of a new exhibition of treasures found under the sea, as its director says he hopes it is easier to assemble than “an Ikea wardrobe”.





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Byzantine emperor was king of the flat-packs

via The Times 

The day Justinian I decided to retake the western half of the Roman Empire, he had firepower on his side — and flat-pack churches.

A new exhibition is to outline how the Byzantine emperor used the ideals espoused by Ikea 1,500 years later to assert his power. Marine archaeologists have established that the emperor sent out ships laden with columns, pulpits and altar tables which would be used to build churches in the lands his soldiers conquered. Unfortunately, the weight of the marble and stone meant that many of the ships sank.





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Andy Warhol and A "flatpack" Byzantine Church arrive at the Ashmolean Museum

via The Guardian 

More than 100 works made by Andy Warhol in the last years and months of his life, and never before exhibited, will be among the stars of next year’s exhibitions at the Ashmolean museum in Oxford – along with a “flatpack” Byzantine church that is finally being put together 1,500 years after the ship carrying it sank off the coast of Sicily.

The Warhols, all on loan from a vast private collection, include his screenprint portraits of fellow artist Joseph Beuys, made after the two giants (but seemingly dissimilar figures) of postwar art finally met in 1979 – and got on very well.



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Byzantine 'flat-pack' church to be reconstructed in Oxford after spending 1,000 years on the seabed

via the Independent 

Centuries before the Swedes started flat-packing their furniture, the Holy Roman Emperor Justinian had his own version, sending self-assembly churches to newly conquered parts of his empire.

Now one of the “Ikea-style” churches, which spent more than 1,000 years on a seabed after the ship carrying it sank, is to be reconstructed for the first time in Oxford.

The Byzantine church will be on display at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology as part of the exhibition Storms, War and Shipwrecks: Treasures from the Sicilian Seas, opening in June.



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Experts unlock mysteries of medieval “flat-pack” church found lying on the seabed

via The Mirror

A Byzantine “flat-pack” church raised from the Mediterranean Sea is to be reassembled in the UK.

The marble pieces of the church will form part of an exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford called Storms, War And Shipwrecks: Treasures From The Sicilian Seas.

The museum’s director has joked that he hopes putting the church together will be “easier than an Ikea wardrobe”.

The Emperor Justinian (c482-565) was a prolific builder of churches in his efforts to regulate Christianity across his empire.

Under his rule, based at Constantinople, large stone-carrying ships, laden with prefabricated marble church interiors, were sent out from quarries around the Sea of Marmara to sites in Italy and North Africa.



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Ashmolean to display 'flat pack' church

via BBC News

A Byzantine church raised from a Sicilian shipwreck is to be reconstructed for an exhibition at the Ashmolean museum next year.

The "flat pack" marble church will go on show as part of the Oxford museum's summer show of more than 200 objects rescued from the bottom of the sea.

Among the other exhibits will be Roman portrait heads and bronze battering rams from the prows of Roman warships.

The Storms, War and Shipwrecks exhibition opens on 21 June 2016.

The treasures on show have been uncovered over the past 60 years since scuba diving made sustained underwater exploration possible.

The exhibition will also explore the work of one of the earliest pioneers of underwater archaeology, Honor Frost (1917-2010).

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