501 Treasures of Byzantium: No.29 Ring of Michael Attaleiates, 11th century, Constantinople, courtesy of Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Washington.
Enamel on gold rings were apparently very popular throughout the empire. But what makes this ring so rare is that […]
501 Treasures of Byzantium: No. 28 Christ as the Good Shepherd, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna.
Many of the richest collections of Roman/Byzantine mosaics are found in Italy. The most famous of these mosaics are arguably […]
Rarely is the Tour decided on the last day of racing. In the days leading to the final day, the […]
It’s probably very easy to say that Constantine appearance on the Roman landscape was a game changer. But it is […]
501 Treasures of Byzantium: No.20 Limburg Staurotheke, cathedral treasury of Limburg an der Lahn, Germany.
A reliquary is basically an impressive case or container in which fragments of the True Cross were kept. The Limburg […]
501 Treasures of Byzantium: No. 19 Codex Sinaiticus, mid 4th century, British Library, London, United Kingdom.
The invention of the codex, a series of pages bound down one side, not only replaced the scroll, but created […]
501 Treasures of Byzantium: No.12 Peacock floor mosaic, ruins of the Byzantine church in Nahariyah, Western Galilee, Israel, 6th century.
The peacock has a long history of being worshipped as a pagan deity or used as a symbol by royalty […]