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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1340: Byzantine Materialities, IV: Workshops, Trade, and Manuscripts

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham
Organiser:Leslie Brubaker, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies / Institute of Archaeology & Antiquity, University of Birmingham
Moderator/Chair:Rebecca Darley, Department of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London
Paper 1340-aMacedonian Materialities: The Menologion of Basil II
(Language: English)
Shaun Tougher, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Social History
Paper 1340-bMaterial Evidence for Middle Byzantine Commerce
(Language: English)
Chris Wickham, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Byzantine Studies, Economics - Trade
Paper 1340-cMen at Work: Stucco Workshops on Mount Athos
(Language: English)
Flavia Vanni, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, Department of Classics, Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Architecture - General, Art History - Sculpture, Byzantine Studies

This session is the last of four interconnected panels concerned with Byzantine Materiality. Here we return to trade, exchange and workshops making Byzantine materials. The session opens with a paper on the well-known Menologion of Basil II (c.1000), a joint product of several painters identified in the manuscript itself; the paper explores the implications of communal workshop practice in a very deluxe setting. The second paper moves away from the palace and back to the docks and streets to look at what archaeology - the most material of Byzantine disciplines - tells us about commerce in the Middle Byzantine period. It has long been argued that the Byzantines distained commerce: this paper debunks that notion, on the basis of a profound understanding of Byzantine Materiality. The final paper moves the discussion of Byzantine materials to late Byzantine Constantinople, with an exploration of hitherto unpublished brick and kiln evidence.