With the world distracted, Turkey’s government cancels Byzantine history

The term “cancel culture” has been widely used in recent years to refer to efforts by both the political left and right to aggressively annul closely held cultural beliefs and even individual personalities by one side or the other. With governments worldwide struggling to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, Turkey’s Islamist government implemented cancel culture on… Read More With the world distracted, Turkey’s government cancels Byzantine history

Still more ancient coins and antiquities added to our Etsy shop

For the fifth time this year we’ve added newly acquired ancient coins and antiquities to the selection in our online Etsy shop. Here are some of the newest acquisitions:         Visit our Etsy shop for an ever changing selection of items, including antiquities, ancient coins, related books and prints, and other antique… Read More Still more ancient coins and antiquities added to our Etsy shop

Byzantine Ceramics Revisited

Here is a link to an article I’ve just published on my other WordPress site, Past Present Arts and Crafts, dealing with my own attempts at both reinterpreting and recreating ancient and Medieval Byzantine pottery (opens in a new window or tab) – https://pastpresentartsandcrafts.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/byzantine-ceramics-revisited Please visit my other WordPress site for many more articles about… Read More Byzantine Ceramics Revisited

A Large Late Roman Trail Decorated Barrel Shaped Glass Bead 4th-5th Century AD

Our featured item of the week is a large and impressive example of a Late Roman to Early Byzantine barrel shaped glass bead, appearing black, decorated in both red and yellow trails. A set of four double trails of applied red divide the bead into a series of registers, each with a thick zig-zag trail… Read More A Large Late Roman Trail Decorated Barrel Shaped Glass Bead 4th-5th Century AD

Our Object the the Week: A Merovingian Frankish Silver and Glass Buckle, Late 5th – 6th Century AD

This week we have selected a superb silver and glass buckle from Late Antiquity. This object was made at the moment in history when the Western European provinces of the Roman Empire were slipping further from centralised authority and becoming the de facto semi-barbarian kingdoms of the Franks, Visigoths, Saxons and others. Our object dates… Read More Our Object the the Week: A Merovingian Frankish Silver and Glass Buckle, Late 5th – 6th Century AD