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Conclusion

Paul Stephenson.

in The Serpent Column

September 2016; p ublished online August 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE); Greek and Roman Archaeology. 384 words.

A summary of main findings.

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Constantinople in Late Antiquity

Paul Stephenson.

in The Serpent Column

September 2016; p ublished online August 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE); Greek and Roman Archaeology. 12386 words.

Addresses the early history of the Plataian tripod in Constantinople, following the translation of its central bronze shaft, the Serpent Column, to that victory city by Constantine the...

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Constantinople in the Middle Ages

Paul Stephenson.

in The Serpent Column

September 2016; p ublished online August 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE); Greek and Roman Archaeology. 10766 words.

Identifies an early depiction of the Serpent Column on a silver ink-pot now in Padua. Considers several themes in Medieval Byzantine thought, notably the role of animate statues, the...

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Delphi

Paul Stephenson.

in The Serpent Column

September 2016; p ublished online August 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE); Greek and Roman Archaeology. 13527 words.

Begins with a look at Archaic Greek bronze-working, notably developments in Lakonian bronze sculpture. Considers the role of votives, notably tripods and their zoo- and anthropomorphic...

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Fountain

Paul Stephenson.

in The Serpent Column

September 2016; p ublished online August 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE); Greek and Roman Archaeology. 11914 words.

Surveys the known serpentine fountains of Medieval Constantinople, and relates tales of fantastic fountains from Byzantium and further afield, including at the court of Mongke Khan. Studies...

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Istanbul

Paul Stephenson.

in The Serpent Column

September 2016; p ublished online August 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE); Greek and Roman Archaeology. 13481 words.

Considers the fate of the Serpent Column in Ottoman and modern Istanbul. Studies Mehmed the Conqueror as dragon-slayer, with a final glance at the combat myth, and as antiquarian. Surveys...

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Plataia

Paul Stephenson.

in The Serpent Column

September 2016; p ublished online August 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE); Greek and Roman Archaeology. 16771 words.

Sketches a narrative of the Battle of Plataia, following Herodotos, and proposes a date for the battle. Considers the night sky over Plataia in summer 479 B.C. Assesses scholarship on how...

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The Serpent Column

Paul Stephenson.

September 2016; p ublished online August 2016 .

Book. Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE); Greek and Roman Archaeology. 304 pages.

The Serpent Column, a bronze sculpture that has stood in Delphi and Constantinople, today Istanbul, is a Greek representation of the Near Eastern primordial combat myth: it is Typhon, a...

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Studying the Plataian Tripod

Paul Stephenson.

in The Serpent Column

September 2016; p ublished online August 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE); Greek and Roman Archaeology. 10148 words.

Surveys the constituent parts of the Plataian Tripod and scholarship devoted to them, including the golden cauldron, the bronze column, the inscription, an upper jaw of a serpent’s head,...

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Talisman

Paul Stephenson.

in The Serpent Column

September 2016; p ublished online August 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE); Greek and Roman Archaeology. 8853 words.

Sketches the importance of talismans in the premodern Near East and Mediterranean worlds. Considers in particular the powers attributed to animal statuary, including a “copper horse” at...

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