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    DescriptionThe spectacular hoards of late antique silver - Mildenhall, Thetford, Sevso - discovered since the middle of the 20th century have aroused much interest. What did these pieces mean to their owners, and why was silverware so important in late antiquity? This book examines such questions through an integrated, synthetic analysis of the history of silver in the Roman empire between 300 and 650 AD. It focuses upon the cultural significance of this luxury art form in all its different manifestations - sacred, imperial and domestic - looking at objects from both the eastern and western halves of the Roman empire, including Britain, in order to determine silver's role in the wider sphere of late antique visual culture. In doing so, key issues for the artistic and cultural history of late antiquity are raised - the use of the imperial image, the visual construction of the sacred in Christianity, the cohesive social role of elite intellectual culture, and the Christianization of the domestic sphere. As this book demonstrates, when studied in its historical context, silver can substantially enrich our understanding of late Roman art and culture.

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    Silver and Society in Late Antiquity
    Functions and Meanings of Silver Plate in the Fourth to Seventh Centuries
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ruth E. Leader-Newby
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 173 mm
    Height: 246 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 771 g
    ISBN 13: 9780754607281
    ISBN 10: 0754607283

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T11.6
    BIC subject category V2: HBG, HBLC, HBLA
    BIC E4L: ART
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D, 3F
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BIC subject category V2: AFKG, 3D, 3F, 1QDAR
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 739.23737
    LC classification: NK7108
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 739.2/3737
    LC classification: NK7107.3 .L43 2003
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHC, AFKG
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3C
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAR
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3KH, 3K
    Edition statement
    illustrated edition
    Illustrations note
    90 b&w illustrations, index
    Ashgate Publishing Group
    Imprint name
    Ashgate Publishing Limited
    Publication date
    07 January 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Table of contents
    Introduction - The significance of silver; The emperor's gifts - the Missorium of Theodosius and imperial largitio; Sacred silver - from patera to paten; Representing myth in late antique silver - the role of paideia; The persistence of paideia - the David Plates and the transformation of the secular in early Byzantium.