An Early Christian Monastery in Southern Turkey.
M. Gough (ed.)
248 p., + 3 maps 71 figures + 89 plates., 175 x 260 mm, 1985
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The Early Christian monastery at Alahan occupies a terrace high in the mountains of Isauria in southern Asia Minor. Constructed in the second half of the fifth century AD, its remains include three churches, a baptistery, a colonnaded walkway running the full lenght of the site, and several subsidiary buildings. The complex was almost certainly funded by the Emperor Zeno (474-491). It stands as the finest achievement of native Isaurian stone-masons and sculptors. Alahan is a key site in the history of Early Byzantine architecture. The site was excavated and studied by Michael Gough, but publication was delayed by his early death in 1974; this full report has been completed by his collaborators.