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TitleThe Velestino Hoard [electronic resource] : Casting Light on the Byzantine 'Dark Ages' / by Florin Curta, Bartłomiej Szymon Szmoniewski
ImprintCham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
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Descript XIII, 237 p. 58 illus., 47 illus. in color. online resource


This book examines the remarkable Velestino hoard, found in Thessaly in the 1920s, and analyses the light that this collection of artifacts sheds on a poorly studied period of Byzantine history, and on largely neglected aspects of Byzantine civilization. Many collections of Byzantine gold- and silverware, such as Vrap and Seuso, have been surrounded by controversy. None, however, has been under more suspicion than the Velestino hoard, particularly with regards to its authenticity. The hoard contains no gold and no silver, and is in fact a collection of bronze and leaden plaques, some with human, and others with animal or geometric representations. The authors examine three distinct aspects of the hoard: the iconography of its components, the method of its production, and the function of those components. The conclusions that they reached provide valuable new insights into eighth-century Byzantine culture. The book explores the Byzantine cultural and political context of the Velestino hoard and will appeal to historians and art historians of early Byzantium, as well as archaeologists and historians of early medieval technologies


1. Introduction -- 2. Forgery or Genuine? -- 3. Humans or Human-like Figures -- 4. Real and Fantastic Animals -- 5. Ornaments -- 6. Style and Chronology -- 7. Production -- 8. Function: Dies or Models? -- 9. Historical Context -- 10. Conclusion -- Catalogue -- Appendix A -- Appendix B -- References.

Europe-History-476-1492 Civilization-History Archaeology Social history Technology-History History of Medieval Europe. Cultural History. Archaeology. Social History. History of Technology.


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