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Conclusion

  • Florin Curta
  • Bartłomiej Szymon Szmoniewski
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Part of the New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture book series (NABHC)

Abstract

With no artisan’s tools, the Velestino collection reflects the desire to display the know-how and the ability to produce artefacts with exquisite decoration. The “Thessalian antiquities” are neither “Slavic” (in the sense of barbarian) nor instruments of shamanistic practices. Instead, they appear as a unique testimony of the local elite’s adaptation to the Byzantine culture during one of the most obscure periods of its history. The “horrible puppets” thus shed an unexpected light on the Dark Ages of Byzantium.

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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

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