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A suggestion for re-dating the establishment of the Daphni Monastery

A late 11th century re-dating of Daphni is based upon the re-examination of the architecture and the lack of
monasteries south of Mt Olympos before the end of the Iconoclasm, i.e. the early 9th century. The earliest south
Helladic monastery is the Dormition of the Virgin at Skripou in Boiotia (873). The 6th century dating of Daphni was based upon the sculpture, as well as some of the buildings and the fortification. However, the sculpture
may easily fit into the Middle Byzantine (843-1204) trends, while the existence of an early basilica is simply an assumption. Nonetheless, the lack of excavation data leaves the dating issue open.

A late 11th century re-dating of Daphni is based upon the re-examination of the architecture and the lack of
monasteries south of Mt Olympos before the end of the Iconoclasm, i.e. the early 9th century. The earliest south
Helladic monastery is the Dormition of the Virgin at Skripou in Boiotia (873). The 6th century dating of Daphni was based upon the sculpture, as well as some of the buildings and the fortification. However, the sculpture
may easily fit into the Middle Byzantine (843-1204) trends, while the existence of an early basilica is simply an assumption. Nonetheless, the lack of excavation data leaves the dating issue open.