Session Title

Identity and Status in Byzantine Material Culture

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

Organizer Name

Lain Wilson

Organizer Affiliation

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

Presider Name

Jonathan Shea

Presider Affiliation

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

Paper Title 1

Royal Letters and Gifts as Diplomatic Objects in the Early Byzantine Empire

Presenter 1 Name

Maria Grazia Bajoni

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. Cattolica del S. Cuore

Paper Title 2

Realigning the Byzantine Court: A Look at the Social Stratigraphy of Tenth-Century Dignitary Titles

Presenter 2 Name

Aristotelis Nayfa

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Edinburgh

Paper Title 3

Seals and Poetry: Changing Expressions of Identity among the Komnenian Aristocracy

Presenter 3 Name

Mustafa Yildiz

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of California-Berkeley

Paper Title 4

Victory: Tracing One Symbol's Numismatic Role from Augustus to Zeno

Presenter 4 Name

Daniel Zimmerman

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. of California-Santa Barbara

Start Date

8-5-2020 3:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1130

Description

In addition to written sources like letters, Byzantine material culture provides evidence for identity and status. Coins and seals, textiles and jewelry, and inscriptions and art objects—these objects provide a window on the ways in which individuals and groups at all levels understood and presented themselves and their place in society. Although focusing on objects from Byzantium, this panel welcomes speakers working on materials from a comparative perspective.

Lain Wilson

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May 8th, 3:30 PM

Identity and Status in Byzantine Material Culture

Schneider 1130

In addition to written sources like letters, Byzantine material culture provides evidence for identity and status. Coins and seals, textiles and jewelry, and inscriptions and art objects—these objects provide a window on the ways in which individuals and groups at all levels understood and presented themselves and their place in society. Although focusing on objects from Byzantium, this panel welcomes speakers working on materials from a comparative perspective.

Lain Wilson