The Making of Hagia Sophia and the Last Pagans of New Rome

  title={The Making of Hagia Sophia and the Last Pagans of New Rome},
  author={Anthony Kaldellis},
  journal={Journal of Late Antiquity},
  pages={347 - 366}
A figure overlooked in scholarship on Hagia Sophia is Phokas, the praetorian prefect of 532 under whom construction of the church began. He was a pagan who eventually took his own life in one of Justinian’s purges. His initial supervision of the construction of Hagia Sophia is attested by Ioannes Lydos, himself a pagan intellectual, who praised Phokas in superlative terms, despite Phokas’ infamous death. Consideration of all the evidence for an architect of Hagia Sophia, Anthemios of Tralleis… 
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