Abstract

Abstract:

The church of Hagioi Theodoroi in Vamvaka, Mesa (Inner) Mani is known for a carved inscription that records the name of the medieval sculptor Niketas and the date of his work's completion in 1075. Contained within the walls, pavement, and carved elements of the church are other names, however, which capture the village's history, from the ancient through modern periods. As such, the church plays a vital role in collective memory. The story of the church does not end in the Middle Ages, however. Through ongoing efforts to restore the building, this church offers hope for the village's future. Hagioi Theodoroi is not simply a relic of the late eleventh century, but a standing witness to the village's history as a thriving agricultural center, depopulated outpost, and potential tourist destination.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3265
Print ISSN
0738-1727
Pages
pp. 21-41
Launched on MUSE
2020-04-28
Open Access
No
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