ARCHITECTURE: Hagia Sophia---Query.

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Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1992 11:32:15 -0400
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I realize that this is off the current discussion regarding "What is Art?",
but I'm asking it anyway as an aside.

Does anyone have any thoughts about the literal translation of Hagia Sophia?
Sophia means wisdom in Greek.

Also, the philosophy of Sophism (wisdom, knowledge) was prevalent at closely
the same period.

I'm wondering about the possible connections between these two entities, and
whether the name was given intentionally in order to appease the Greek
population (pagan) and find a middle ground between them and the growing and
dominating Christian population.
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