The Past Acquired, Revived, and Ransacked

Marina Belozerskaya

in Medusa’s Gaze

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199739318
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979356 | DOI:

Series: Emblems of Antiquity

The Past Acquired, Revived, and Ransacked

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The Tazza was likely brought to Constantinople by Constantine the Great. This chapter discusses the founding of his new capital, his transfer there of artworks from across the Greco-Roman world, and their continued use under subsequent Byzantine emperors. It also suggests that the Tazza served as a model for a silver-gilt inkpot created at the Byzantine court in the 10th century. Also in Byzantium the bowl likely underwent a Christian conversion into a liturgical chalice.

Keywords: Constantinople; Fourth Crusade; Constantine the Great; Byzantine Court; Chalice; San Marco, Venice; Christian conversion; Abbot Suger

Chapter.  6899 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE)

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