Early Byzantine Palace (Myrelaion) in Constantinople
The early Byzantine complex at the Myrelaion is one of t,he earliest standing monuments in Constantinople. It contained the largest domed hall of the city and probably served as a residence for a member of the imperial aristocracy, possibly for the nobilissima Arcadia a daughter of Arcadius and sister of Theodosius II.
Marble provenance analysis was done on a set of 10 pilaster capitals.
A series of at least 15 pilaster capitals differ from each other and exemplify the aestethic principle of "varietas" which was generally considered to be the consequence of the use of spolia.
Marble analyses proved the asiatic origin of most of the capitals from the imperial quarries of Dokimion supporting the interpretation of the systematic use of "varietas".