Session Title

Topics in Byzantine Sigillography

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

Organizer Name

Jonathan Shea

Organizer Affiliation

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

Presider Name

Lain Wilson

Presider Affiliation

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

Paper Title 1

Personal Piety in the Seals of Middle Byzantine Eunuchs

Presenter 1 Name

Felix Szabo

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Chicago

Paper Title 2

Two Unpublished Armenian Seals of the Eleventh Century from the Collections of Dumbarton Oaks

Presenter 2 Name

Dimitri Korobeinikov

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. at Albany

Paper Title 3

City Bureaucrats in the Byzantine Countryside

Presenter 3 Name

Jonathan Shea

Start Date

12-5-2018 1:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1130

Description

Lead seals constitute one of the most important and numerous sources for Byzantine social and administrative history, and they are fundamental for the study of the aristocracy, of provincial and palatine institutions, and of personal piety. Seals themselves are also an object of inquiry, and research over the past half-century into their production and use has allowed scholars to employ them as primary sources in more varied and nuanced ways. Despite their importance as both historical sources as well as relatively prevalent Byzantine artifacts, seals rarely form the focus of sessions at general conferences for medieval and Byzantine studies. In addition to sigillographers and Byzantinists, we hope that this session will draw other medievalists, who may learn more about the specific methods of Byzantine sigillography, and who may provide insight into comparative approaches in medieval studies. This proposed session is open to papers that study seals from a material perspective, as well as to those whose argument is based primarily on evidence from lead seals.

Jonathan Shea

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May 12th, 1:30 PM

Topics in Byzantine Sigillography

Schneider 1130

Lead seals constitute one of the most important and numerous sources for Byzantine social and administrative history, and they are fundamental for the study of the aristocracy, of provincial and palatine institutions, and of personal piety. Seals themselves are also an object of inquiry, and research over the past half-century into their production and use has allowed scholars to employ them as primary sources in more varied and nuanced ways. Despite their importance as both historical sources as well as relatively prevalent Byzantine artifacts, seals rarely form the focus of sessions at general conferences for medieval and Byzantine studies. In addition to sigillographers and Byzantinists, we hope that this session will draw other medievalists, who may learn more about the specific methods of Byzantine sigillography, and who may provide insight into comparative approaches in medieval studies. This proposed session is open to papers that study seals from a material perspective, as well as to those whose argument is based primarily on evidence from lead seals.

Jonathan Shea