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Title:

Byzantine Weaponry and Military Equipment in the Homilies of St Gregory of Nazianzus (Paris, Gr. 510)

Subtitle:

Fasciculi Archaeologiae Historicae. Fasc. 30 (2017)

Creator:

Yotov, Valeri

Publisher:

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of Polish Academy of Sciences ; Polish Academy of Sciences. Łódź Branch

Place of publishing:

Łódź

Date issued/created:

2017

Description:

ill. ; 29 cm

Type of object:

Journal/Article

Subject and Keywords:

Homilies of St. Gregory of Nazianzus ; Byzantine manuscripts ; Byzantine weaponry and military equipment ; shields ; stirrups

Abstract:

The author discusses illustrations presenting weaponry and military equipment in the famous manuscript of „The Homilies of St. Gregory of Nazianzus” (Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, MS Gr. 510), completed in Constantinople in 879-882. Shields are usually of round or oval shapes. Basically, they are painted in red and much more rarely in blue. They are outlined by golden or blue stripes. Their decoration is difficult to determine but some geometric forms and simple wavy lines or vine branches can be seen. Shields of infantry soldiers are larger, with a diameter of about 1.00 m, while these of cavalry are smaller – about 0.50 m. With regard to swords, the author concludes that in some miniatures in the Homilies there are close parallels to already established type of Byzantine swords named „Garabonc Type” (five examples, dated to the 2nd half of the 9th c.). As regards images of stirrups in the Homilies, the author assumes that stirrups of a triangular shape – so-called Magyars stirrups, were familiar to masters of Byzantine miniatures. Additionally, arms and military equipment depicted in the Homilies offer support in determining some finds of weaponry which have been discovered either during regular excavations or incidentally.

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Relation:

Fasciculi Archaeologiae Historicae

Volume:

30

Start page:

153

End page:

162

Resource type:

Text

Detailed Resource Type:

Article

Format:

application/pdf

Resource Identifier:

doi:10.23858/FAH30.2017.013

Source:

IAiE PAN, call no. P III 348 ; IAiE PAN, call no. P III 349 ; IAiE PAN, call no. P III 368 ; click here to follow the link

Language:

eng

Language of abstract:

pol

Rights:

Rights Reserved - Free Access

Terms of use:

Copyright-protected material. May be used within the limits of statutory user freedoms

Digitizing institution:

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Original in:

Library of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Projects co-financed by:

Ministry of Science and Higher Education ; Activities popularizing science (DUN)

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