‘Weaver of Tales’: The Veroli Box and the Power of Eros in Byzantium

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


Combining art, historical, and textual analyses, Angelova sheds new light on the iconographic program of the well-known and much-studied Veroli box, kept in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Rather than seeing it as a luxury object, she argues that it offers testimony to the enduring relevance of pagan gods and figures in Byzantine amatory art and literature, both in the expression of erotic feelings and in their gendering. Their potency was ensured by the dearth of Christian exempla of passionate love; the enchantment of the classical artistic and literary tradition, especially in articulating erotic feelings; the centuries-old traditions surrounding marriage gifts; and the habit of allegory.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Diliana Angelova
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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