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  1. A decent history published in 1972 traces Hagia Sophia through Byzantine glory, attack by the Crusaders, conquest by the Turks and eventual conversion to a secular museum. Of interest is the appendix highlighting the Hagia Sophia in literature. Procopius writes in A.D. 560 of the columns and marbles, "One might imagine that he had come upon a meadow with its flowers in full bloom. For he would surely marvel at the purple of some, the green tint of others and at those on which the crimson flows a [...]

  2. The story of Hagia Sophia is racy and violent! This books just touches briefly on the more salacious moments and instead focuses on Byzantine mosaics (lame by comparison). I learned that Emperor Justinian (ruled 518 A.D. to 527 A.D.) married Theodora- "A theatrical prostitute brought up in the world of the circus and skilled in the art of pantomime. She was the emperors concubine, and then, through a change in the law, his wife." Wow, I wish HBO had made a show out of that instead of Rome. "Befo [...]

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