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Roman Gold and Hun Kings: the use and hoarding of solidi

Roman Gold and Hun Kings: the use and hoarding of solidi

Monday 14th September 2020 at 10:04:00
“When he [Attila] saw a painting of the Roman Emperors sitting upon golden thrones and Scythians lying dead before their feet, he sought a painter and ordered him to paint Attila upon a throne and the Roman Emperors heaving sacks upon their shoulders and pouring out gold before his feet.” This account of Attila’s reaction to seeing the decorative frieze in one of the basilicae in the city of Mediolanum neatly encapsulates the changed balance of power between the Roman emperors and their most feared barbarian antagonists of the fifth century, the Huns. It conveys the new realities of the contemporary political situation: the predominant position of Rome and her empire, represented by dead barbarians beneath enthroned emperors, replaced by the image of Attila receiving golden tribute from the newly subservient Romans. The relationship between Rome and the barbarians had been turned on its head, and the compiler of the tenth-century Suda used Attila’s reaction to the painting in Mediolanum torelate this pivotal moment in the history of the ancient world.
The Garnet Millennium by Noël Adams

The Garnet Millennium by Noël Adams

Saturday 18th July 2020 at 09:24:00
Garnets, famous for their magnificent colours and light refractive properties, are now the most intensively studied of all the gemstones used for glyptics and jewellery in the ancient world. Scientific analysis of ancient garnets to date has focussed on identifying garnet sources, a topic addressed with equal enthusiasm in the first ancient texts on gemstones. As with other precious stones, factors such as the difficulty of extraction or acquisition, the distance stones must travel from source to destination and the reliability of their supply, in combination with their beauty, determine their value. In the modern period pinpointing sources contributes to our understanding of cross-cultural contacts and trading patterns in the ancient world, and current research, concentrated almost exclusively on garnets set in cloisonné made in the Early Medieval period in Europe, has established links with sourcesin India and Europe
Catalogue of Engraved Gems, Greek, Etruscan and Roman.

Catalogue of Engraved Gems, Greek, Etruscan and Roman.

Sunday 28th June 2020 at 09:23:00
Preface; History of the Collection; Abbreviations; General Introduction; The uses of Gems; The choice of designs on gems; The technique of gem engraving; The materials used for ancient gems; Appreciation and collecting of gems; Gem engravers and their signatures; Forgeries; Catalogue; I. Greek; II. Etruscan and Italic; III. Roman intaglios by Gisela M. Richter 2006,
Roman intaglios and sealings from Norfolk

Roman intaglios and sealings from Norfolk

Friday 26th June 2020 at 13:51:00
ROMAN INTAGLIOS AND SEALINGS FROM NORFOLK, 2002–08 by Adrian Marsden This article presents a catalogue of Roman intaglios and sealings discovered in Norfolk between 2002 and2008 and examined by the Identification and Recording Service. The catalogue is followed by a discussion of these objects and their changing role as the aesthetic and social developments of the third century led to signets falling into disuse and emphasis being increasingly laid on brightly coloured ring settings.
Papers from the Staffordshire Hoard Symposium

Papers from the Staffordshire Hoard Symposium

Saturday 28th July 2018 at 19:03:16
Papers from the Staffordshire Hoard Symposium
Bronze Age gold

Bronze Age gold

Friday 11th May 2018 at 20:38:23
The quality of contextual information regarding the Bronze Age gold objects is highly variable with the consequence that many times only limited details are known. In fact, many objects were found accidentally by farmers labouring in the fields or by workmen during activities such as digging for turf, ploughing, quarrying or building; other objects were excavated by metal detectorists with subsequent excavations by archaeologists and only few objects were excavated by archaeologists using modern excavation methods. In general, gold objects during the Early Bronze Age were placed in funerary contexts whilst those during the Middle-Late Bronze Age were placed with other gold objects in hoards in landscape or riverine contexts.