Reviews - What do customers think about Les Monuments Chretiens De La Cote Orientale De La Mer Noire: Abkhazie (Bibliotheque De L'antiquite Tardive) (Bibliotheque De L'antiquite Tardive)?
Filling a gap Mar 10, 2008
Prof. Liudmila Khroushkova is without doubt THE expert on late antique and early medieval architecture in Abkhazia - the de facto independent country on the northeast shore of the Black Sea. Since the 1970s she has surveyed and excavated a great number of monuments in this little known corner of the earth which nevertheless stood in contact with the West for the last 2000 years. The coast of Abkhazia has always been a place of considerable commercial and strategic importance, and the monuments and artefacts which Liudmila Khroushkova presents in her book are not of provincial character, but they rather show that the eastern shores of the Black Sea were an integral part of the Early Christian oikumene. Most of the results have previously been published by the author (either in Russian or in French); now they are collected in the present book for the first time. But there is also some new information on medieval monuments included. The book brings together a material which is relatively unknown in the West; as such it fills a gap and might well become a standard work of reference.