Course Code:

Π1 7050


7th Semester

Course Hours:




The Scope of the Course:
The phenomenon of spoliation and reuse of cultural artifacts and material from antiquity until today. Artifacts which fall under this typology have been ascribed the term spolia (plural of the latin word spolium, which stands for booty). This phenomenon manifests in almost all the aspects of pre-modern material culture: from religious architecture to the applied arts.

Course objectives:
The course’s objectives is to provide to the students the methodology for the study of second use, as well as to expose them to different case studies that can illustrate the application of these analytical tools.

The language of evaluation is Greek
Students’ evaluation (100%): written exam or writing an individual assignment on a selected topic from the beginning of the semester.
The guidelines will be discussed in the first lesson and will be uploaded at e-Class.

1. Ο. Γκράτσιου, “Spolia βενετικής ευγένειας από την περιοχή του Ρεθύμνου”, Α. Παπαδάκη, Χ. Μαλτέζου (επιμ.), Της Βενετιάς το Ρέθυμνο Πρακτικά Συμποσίου, Βενετία 2003, 435-446.
2. Gerevini, S. “The Grotto of the Virgin in San Marco: Artistic Reuse and Cultural Identity in Medieval Venice”, Gesta53/2 (2014), 197-220.
3. Hansen, M. F. The Eloquence of Appropriation: Prolegomena to an Understanding of Spolia in Early Christian Rome, Ρώμη 2003.
4. Jevtić, I. Nilsson, I. (επιμ.), Spoliation as Translation Medieval Worlds of the Eastern Mediterranean, Turnhout 2021.
5. Jevtić, I., Yalman, S. (επιμ.), Spolia Reincarnated: Afterlives of Objects, Materials, and Spaces in Anatolia from Antiquity to the Ottoman Era, Κωνσταντινούπολη22019.
6. Kiilerich, B. “Making Sense of the Spolia in the Little Metropolis in Athens”, Arte Medievale 4 (2005), 95-114.
7. Kinney, D. “”SPOLIA. DAMNATIO” AND “RENOVATIO MEMORIAE””, Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome 42 (1997), 117-148.
8. Kinney, D. “The Concept of Spolia”, C. Rudolph (επιμ.), A Companion to Medieval Art: Romanesque and Gothic in Northern Europe, Hoboken 2019, 331-356.
9. Mathews, K. R. Conflict, Commerce, and an Aesthetic of Appropriation in the Italian Maritime Cities, 1000-1150, Leiden 2018.
10. Papastavrou, E., Vryzidis N. “Sacred Patchwork: Patterns of Textile Reuse in Greek Vestments and Ecclesiastical Veils during the Ottoman Era”, I. Jevtić,, S. Yalman (επιμ.), Spolia Reincarnated: Afterlives of Objects, Materials, and Spaces in Anatolia from Antiquity to the Ottoman Era, Κωνσταντινούπολη22019, 259-286.
11. Perry, M. “Saint Mark’s Trophies: Legend, Superstition, and Archaeology in Renaissance Venice”, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 40 (1977), 27-49.
12. Rous, S. A. Reset in Stone: Memory and Reuse in Ancient Athens, Madison (WI) 2019.
13. Sarandi, H. “The Use of Ancient Spolia in Byzantine Monuments: The Archaeological and Literary Evidence”, International Journal of the Classical Tradition3/4 (1997), 395-423.
14. Vryzidis, N. “The Second Life of a Mamluk Lamp from Saint John the Theologian Monastery, Patmos and the Oral Tradition Attached to It”,
15. A. Ohta, J. M. Rogers, R. Wade Haddon (επιμ.), Art, Trade and Culture in the Islamic World and Beyond. Studies Presented to Doris Behrens-Abouseif, Λονδίνο 2016, 26-35.