The Velestino Hoard: Casting Light on the Byzantine 'Dark Ages' (New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture)

October 30, 2020
The Velestino Hoard: Casting Light on the Byzantine 'Dark Ages' (New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture)

This book examines the remarkable Velestino hoard, found inThessaly in the 1920s, and analyses the light that this collectionof artifacts sheds on a poorly studied period of Byzantine history,and on largely neglected aspects of Byzantine civilization. Manycollections of Byzantine gold- and silverware, such as Vrap andSeuso, have been surrounded by controversy. None, however, has beenunder more suspicion than the Velestino hoard, particularly withregards to its authenticity. The hoard contains no gold and nosilver, and is in fact a collection of bronze and leaden plaques,some with human, and others with animal or geometricrepresentations. The authors examine three distinct aspects of thehoard: the iconography of its components, the method of itsproduction, and the function of those components. The conclusionsthat they reached provide valuable new insights into eighth-centuryByzantine culture. The book explores the Byzantine cultural andpolitical context of the Velestino hoard and will appeal tohistorians and art historians of early Byzantium, as well asarchaeologists and historians of early medieval technologies.