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Fifty Early Medieval Things introduces readers to the material culture of late antique and early medieval Europe, north Africa, and western Asia. Ranging from Iran to Ireland and from Sweden to Tunisia, Deborah Deliyannis, Hendrik Dey, and Paolo Squatriti present fifty objects—artifacts, structures, and archaeological features—created between the fourth and eleventh centuries, an ostensibly "Dark Age" whose cultural richness and complexity is often underappreciated. Each thing introduces important themes in the social, political, cultural, religious, and economic history of the postclassical era.

Some of the things, like a simple ard (plow) unearthed in Germany, illustrate changing cultural and technological horizons in the immediate aftermath of Rome's collapse; others, like the Arabic coin found in a Viking burial mound, indicate the interconnectedness of cultures in this period. Objects such as the Book of Kells and the palace-city of Anjar in present-day Jordan represent significant artistic and cultural achievements; more quotidian items (a bone comb, an oil lamp, a handful of chestnuts) belong to the material culture of everyday life. In their thing-by-thing descriptions, the authors connect each object to both specific local conditions and to the broader influences that shaped the first millennium AD, and also explore their use in modern scholarly interpretations, with suggestions for further reading. Lavishly illustrated and engagingly written, Fifty Early Medieval Things demonstrates how to read objects in ways that make the distant past understandable and approachable.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Part I. Things of the Fourth Century
  2. pp. 33-34
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  1. 1. The Ceremonial Regalia of Emperor Maxentius (?), Rome
  2. pp. 35-38
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  1. 2. Circus Races Mosaic Pavement, Villa del Casale, Sicily
  2. pp. 39-42
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  1. 3. African Red Slip Bowl, Tunisia
  2. pp. 43-46
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  1. 4. Gold-Glass Medallion, Rome
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. Part II. Things of the Fifth Century
  2. pp. 49-50
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  1. 5. Ivory Diptych of Stilicho, Italy
  2. pp. 51-54
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  1. 6. The Triple Walls, Constantinople
  2. pp. 55-58
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  1. 7. The Hormizd Plate, Persia
  2. pp. 59-62
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  1. Part III. Things of the Sixth Century
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. 8. The Vienna Dioscurides, Fol. 70v–71r, Constantinople
  2. pp. 65-68
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  1. 9. The Senigallia Medallion, Italy
  2. pp. 69-72
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  1. 10. The Arian Baptistery, Ravenna, Italy
  2. pp. 73-76
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  1. 11. The Basilica of SS. Cosma e Damiano, Rome
  2. pp. 77-80
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  1. 12. Chestnuts from Monte Barro, Italy
  2. pp. 81-84
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  1. 13. The Madaba Map Mosaic, Church of St. George, Madaba, Jordan
  2. pp. 85-88
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  1. 14. The City of Recopolis, Spain
  2. pp. 89-92
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  1. 15. Sunken Featured Building from West Stow, England
  2. pp. 93-94
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  1. Part IV. Things of the Seventh Century
  2. pp. 95-96
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  1. 16. The Reliquary Casket of Teuderic, Agaune, Switzerland
  2. pp. 97-100
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  1. 17. Stirrups, Hungary
  2. pp. 101-104
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  1. 18. The Coşovenii de Jos Bow Fibula, Coşovenii de Jos, Romania
  2. pp. 105-108
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  1. 19. Pilgrims’ Flask (Ampulla) from the Shrine of St. Menas, Abu Mina, Egypt
  2. pp. 109-112
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  1. 20. Sutton Hoo, Mound 1 Ship Burial, Sutton Hoo, England
  2. pp. 113-116
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  1. 21. “Globular” Amphora from the Yassiada Shipwreck, Yassiada, Turkey
  2. pp. 117-120
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  1. 22. Bone Comb from Lombard Italy, Santo Stefano, Garlate
  2. pp. 121-124
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  1. 23. The Crown of Recceswinth, Spain
  2. pp. 125-128
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  1. 24. The Tunic of Balthild (Chasuble de Chelles), France
  2. pp. 129-132
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  1. 25. Papyrus Account Register (P. Ness. 92), Nessana, Israel
  2. pp. 133-136
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  1. Part V. Things of the Eighth Century
  2. pp. 137-138
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  1. 26. The Dabergotz Ard, Dabergotz, Germany
  2. pp. 139-142
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  1. 27. The Palace-City of ʿAnjar, Lebanon
  2. pp. 143-146
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  1. 28. Umayyad Bronze Brazier, al-Fudayn, Jordan
  2. pp. 147-150
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  1. 29. Oil Lamp, Jerash, Jordan
  2. pp. 151-154
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  1. 30. Skellig Michael Monastery, Ireland
  2. pp. 155-158
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  1. 31. Offa’s Dyke, England/Wales
  2. pp. 159-162
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  1. 32. The Palace of Arechis, Salerno, Italy
  2. pp. 163-166
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  1. 33. The Ribat at Monastir, Tunisia
  2. pp. 167-170
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  1. 34. Bowl 21, Nagyszentmiklós/Sânnicolau Mare Treasure, Romania
  2. pp. 171-174
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  1. Part VI. Things of the Ninth Century
  2. pp. 175-176
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  1. 35. Sword from Dorestad, The Netherlands
  2. pp. 177-180
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  1. 36. The Book of Kells, Fol. 7v, Virgin and Child, Ireland
  2. pp. 181-184
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  1. 37. Gold Ring from the Fortified Settlement of Pliska, Bulgaria
  2. pp. 185-188
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  1. 38. The Bell of Canino, Italy
  2. pp. 189-192
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  1. 39. Forum Ware Pitcher, Rome
  2. pp. 193-196
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  1. 40. The Utrecht Psalter, Fol. 49v, Depicting Psalm 84, France
  2. pp. 197-200
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  1. 41. Carolingian Silver Denarius, France
  2. pp. 201-204
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  1. 42. The Gokstad Ship, Gokstad, Norway
  2. pp. 205-206
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  1. Part VII. Things of the Tenth Century
  2. pp. 207-208
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  1. 43. Abbasid (Samanid) Dirham, Birka, Sweden
  2. pp. 209-212
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  1. 44. Castellum and Villa of Karlburg am Main, Germany
  2. pp. 213-216
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  1. 45. The Church of the Holy Cross, Akdamar, Turkey
  2. pp. 217-220
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  1. 46. The Middleton Cross B/2, Middleton, England
  2. pp. 221-224
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  1. 47. The Al-Mughīra Pyxis, Spain
  2. pp. 225-228
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  1. 48. Beatus of San Salvador de Tábara, Fol. 341r, Tábara, Spain
  2. pp. 229-232
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  1. 49. Lead Seal of Demetrius, Kommerkiarios of Seleukeia, Silifke, Turkey
  2. pp. 233-236
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  1. 50. The Hippodrome Fresco in the Church of St. Sophia, Kiev, Ukraine
  2. pp. 237-240
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501730283
Related ISBN
9781501725906
MARC Record
OCLC
1033548555
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2019-02-24
Language
English
Open Access
No
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