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'''Isidore of Miletus''' was one of the two main [[Byzantine Greeks|Byzantine Greek]] [[architect]]s ([[Anthemius of Tralles]] was the other) that Emperor [[Justinian I]] commissioned to design the church of [[Hagia Sophia]] in [[Constantinople]] from 532-537 A.D.
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==Summary==
 
 
Isidore of Miletus was a renowned [[scientist]] and [[mathematician]] before Emperor Justinian I hired him, “Isidorus taught [[stereometry]] and [[physics]] at the universities, first of [[Alexandria]] then of Constantinople, and wrote a commentary on an older treatise on [[Vaulting (architecture)|vaulting]].”<ref>Krautheimer,page 215</ref> Emperor Justinian I appointed his architects to rebuild the [[Hagia Sophia]] following his victory over protesters within the capital city of his [[Roman Empire]], Constantinople. The first [[basilica]] was completed in 360 A.D. and remodelled from 404 A.D. to 415 A.D., but had been damaged in 532 A.D. in the course of the [[Nika riots|Nika Riot]], “The temple of Sophia, the [[baths of Zeuxippus]], and the imperial courtyard from the [[Propylaia]] all the way to the so-called House of Ares were burned up and destroyed, as were both of the great porticoes that lead to the forum that is named after Constantine, houses of prosperous people, and a great deal of other properties.”<ref>Prokopios, page 138</ref>
 
 
The warring factions of Byzantine society, the Blues and the Greens, opposed each other in the [[Chariot racing|chariot races]] at the [[Hippodrome of Constantinople|Hippodrome]] and often resorted to violence. During the Nika Riot, more than thirty thousand people died.<ref>Prokopios, page 144</ref> Emperor Justinian I ensured that his new structure would not be burned down, like its predecessors, by commissioning architects that would build the church mainly out of stone, rather than wood, “He compacted it of baked brick and mortar, and in many places bound it together with iron, but made no use of wood, so that the church should no longer prove combustible.”<ref>Mango, page 78</ref>
 
 
Isidore of Miletus and Anthemius of Tralles originally planned on a main hall of the Hagia Sophia that measured 230 feet by 250 feet, making it the largest [[Church (building)|church]] in Constantinople, but the original dome was nearly 20 feet lower than it was constructed, “Justinian suppressed these riots and took the opportunity of marking his victory by erecting in 532-7 the new Hagia Sophia, one of the largest, most lavish, and most expensive buildings of all time.”<ref>Watkin, page 76</ref>{{huh?|date=November 2013}}
 
 
Although Isidore of Miletus and Anthemius of Tralles were not formally educated in [[architecture]], they were scientists that could organize the logistics of drawing thousands of [[laborer|labourer]]s and unprecedented loads of rare [[raw material]]s from around the Roman Empire to create the Hagia Sophia for Emperor Justinian I. The finished product was built in admirable form for the Roman Emperor, “All of these elements marvellously fitted together in mid-air, suspended from one another and reposing only on the parts adjacent to them, produce a unified and most remarkable harmony in the work, and yet do not allow the spectators to rest their gaze upon any one of them for a length of time.”<ref>Mango, page 75</ref>
 
 
==Conclusion==
 
 
The Hagia Sophia architects innovatively combined the longitudinal structure of a Roman basilica and the central plan of a drum-supported dome, in order to withstand the high magnitude [[earthquake]]s of the [[Marmara Region]], “However, in May 558, little more than 20 years after the Church’s dedication, following the earthquakes of August 553 and [[557 Constantinople earthquake|December 557]], parts of the central dome and its supporting structure system collapsed.”<ref>Cakmak, page 693</ref> The Hagia Sophia was repeatedly cracked by earthquakes and was quickly repaired. Isidore of Miletus’ nephew, [[Isidore the Younger]], introduced the new dome design that can be viewed in the Hagia Sophia in present day [[Istanbul]], [[Turkey]].
 
 
After a great earthquake in 989 ruined the dome of Hagia Sophia, the Byzantine officials summoned [[Trdat the Architect]] to Byzantium to organize repairs. The restored dome was completed by 994.<ref> Maranci, pages 294–305</ref>
 
 
==Sources==
 
 
* {{cite journal|last1=Cakmak|first1=AS|last2=Taylor |first2=RM |last3=Durukal |first3=E |title=The Structural Configuration of the First Dome of Justinian's Hagia Sophia (AD 537-558): An Investigation Based on Structural and Literary Analysis|journal=Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering|year=2009|volume=29|issue=4}}
 
 
* {{cite book|last=Krautheimer|first=Richard|title=Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture|year=1965|publisher=Penguin Books|location=Baltimore|isbn=978-0-300-05294-7}}
 
 
* {{cite book|last=Mango|first=Cyril A.|title=The Art of the Byzantine Empire, 312-1453: Sources and Documents|year=1972|publisher=Prentice-Hall|location=Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey|isbn=0-8020-6627-5}}
 
 
* {{cite journal|last=Maranci| first= Christina|title=The Architect Trdat: Building Practices and Cross-Cultural Exchange in Byzantium and Armenia|journal= The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians|volume= 62|issue= 3|date= September 2003}}
 
 
* {{cite book|last=Prokopios|editor=Anthony Kaldellis|lasst2=|title=The Secret History: With Related Texts|year=2010|publisher=Hackett Publishing|location=Indianapolis|isbn=978-1-60384-180-1|}}
 
 
* {{cite book|last=Watkin|first=David|title=A History of Western Architecture|year=1986|publisher=Thames and Hudson|location=New York|isbn=978-1-85669-459-9}}
 
 
 
== Notes ==
 
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[[Category:Byzantine architects]]
 
[[Category:6th-century Byzantine people]]
 
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