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The Velestino Hoard

Casting Light on the Byzantine 'Dark Ages'

  • Florin Curta
  • Bartłomiej Szymon Szmoniewski

Part of the New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture book series (NABHC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Florin Curta, Bartłomiej Szymon Szmoniewski
    Pages 1-13
  3. Florin Curta, Bartłomiej Szymon Szmoniewski
    Pages 15-38
  4. Florin Curta, Bartłomiej Szymon Szmoniewski
    Pages 39-95
  5. Florin Curta, Bartłomiej Szymon Szmoniewski
    Pages 97-134
  6. Florin Curta, Bartłomiej Szymon Szmoniewski
    Pages 135-147
  7. Florin Curta, Bartłomiej Szymon Szmoniewski
    Pages 149-159
  8. Florin Curta, Bartłomiej Szymon Szmoniewski
    Pages 161-181
  9. Florin Curta, Bartłomiej Szymon Szmoniewski
    Pages 183-196
  10. Florin Curta, Bartłomiej Szymon Szmoniewski
    Pages 197-210
  11. Florin Curta, Bartłomiej Szymon Szmoniewski
    Pages 211-216
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 217-237

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

Casting Technology Aesop's Fables Byzantine Archaeology Hoarding Forgery Christian symbolism Michael Rostovtzeff Thessalian antiquities

Authors and affiliations

  • Florin Curta
    • 1
  • Bartłomiej Szymon Szmoniewski
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Archaeology and EthnologyPolish Academy of SciencesKrakówPoland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-04846-4
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-04845-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-04846-4
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