The holy city of Byzantium,"" for over one thousand years the marriage ground between the Church and the State, was founded by the Emperor Constantine in token of his adoption of Christianity. The center of Eastern Christian art, Byzantium was prodigal in its production, establishing standards of excellence in every medium: sculpture, painting, mosaic, architecture, ivory, and artifice. This book displays, through the brilliant photographs of Max Hirmer, 240 examples of Byzantine work drawn from the period between the tenth and fourteenth century, the period of Byzantium's greatest artistic potency. Richly sensual and yet aloof, these works represent the highest moment of achievement where every element in man is unified, where sensuality and spirituality do not war, where the temporal and religious are manifest in union. A superb gift selection -- the Byzantine colors lend themselves exceedingly well to photographic reproduction--this glimpse into ""that dolphin torn, that gong tormented sea"" is a striking reminder of man's capacity.