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Title Early Byzantine coins: Ancient influences and traditions in the early Middle Ages
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About author Pavla Gkantzios Drapelova — Ph. D. student. National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, University Campus, 15784 Athens, Greece
In the section Classical Legacy in the Art of Byzantine Oikoumene and Beyond DOI10.18688/aa155-2-23
Year 2015 Volume 5 Pages 230237
Type of article RAR Index UDK 737.11, 7.033.2 Index BBK 85.125; 63.3 (0) 4; 63.3 (0) 32

Some ancient pagan motifs still existed in the 6–7 cc. Byzantine coinage pattern. Part of them were gradually abandoned, the other part was incorporated into Byzantine monetary system and acquired a new Christian meaning. During two short-term rollbacks to paganism ancient iconography traditionally played more profound role in Byzantine provinces, than in the Capital city.

This article is focused on comparative analysis of ancient symbols used in the Byzantine coinage. The author comes to conclusion that ancient motifs continued to exist alongside with new Christian symbols in coinage pattern throughout Byzantine early history. However, the ability of Byzantines to properly understand ancient motifs remains a question. 

Reference Pavla Gkantzios Drapelova. Early Byzantine coins: Ancient influences and traditions in the early Middle Ages. Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art: Collection of articles. Vol. 5. Eds: Svetlana V. Maltseva, Ekaterina Yu. Stanyukovich-Denisova, Anna V. Zakharova. St. Petersburg, NP-Print Publ., 2015, pp. 230–237. ISSN 2312-2129.
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