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New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture

The Velestino Hoard

Casting Light on the Byzantine 'Dark Ages'

Authors: Curta, Florin, Szmoniewski, Bartłomiej Szymon

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  • Examines, in detail, the origins, iconography and purpose of the Velestino hoard
  • Explores the Byzantine cultural and political context in which the Velestino hoard was created
  • Provides fresh insights into a poorly studied period of Byzantine history 
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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.

About the authors

Florin Curta is Professor of Medieval History and Archaeology at the University of Florida, USA. He is the author of Southeastern Europe in the Middle Ages, 500-1250 (2006) and The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, c. 500 to 1050: The Early Middle Ages (2011).

Bartłomiej Szymon Szmoniewski is an archaeologist at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He is co-author of four monographs and published several papers dedicated to the various topics of early medieval archaeology and history.


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-04846-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-04845-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Velestino Hoard
Book Subtitle
Casting Light on the Byzantine 'Dark Ages'
Authors
Series Title
New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-04846-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-04846-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-04845-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 237
Number of Illustrations
11 b/w illustrations, 47 illustrations in colour
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