Chosen Places: Constructing New Jerusalems in Slavia Orthodoxa


In Chosen Places. Constructing New Jerusalems in Slavia Orthodoxa, Jelena Erdeljan focuses on the Old Testament topic of the divinely-chosen status of Jerusalem and translatio Hierosolymi, including the history, process and media of formulating and disseminating this idea and its spatial-visual matrix in Christian visual culture. Firstly the study presents the case of Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, as New Jerusalem, and secondly, in relation to Constatinople, discussion focuses on the cases of the capitals of Slavia Orthodoxa in the later Middle Ages: Turnovo, Belgrade and Moscow. The idea of Jerusalem corresponds with the idea of a mystical center, the center of the historical Christian world, which travels and follows the path of eschatologial realisation.

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Jelena Erdeljan, Ph.D. (2008), University of Belgrade, is Professor of Art History at that University. She has published monographs, articles and edited volumes on aspects of visual culture of medieval and early modern Balkans.
Author’s Note
List of Abbreviations


1 State of Research

2 Jerusalem—City and Idea
 Old Testament Times
 New Testament Times

3 Constantinople—Paradigm of a Christian Capital as New Jerusalem
 Translatio Hierosolymi

4 Principles of Construction and Visual Representation of the Jerusalem Identity of Constantinople

5 History and Instruments of Constantinople’s Jerusalemization
 The Age of Constantine the Great
 The Age of Theodosius
 The Age of Justinian
 The Age of Heraclius
 The Age of the Macedonians
 The Age of the Komnenoi
 The Age of the Palaiologoi

6 Capitals of Slavia Orthodoxa in the Late Middle Ages: New Jerusalems as New Constantinoples?
 Translatio Constantinopoleos


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Index of Subjects
All interested in biblical topics, the transfer and reception of cultural models, Byzantine concepts and visual culture and their reception in Slavia Orthodoxa.