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Imperial Radiance: Solar Imagery and Cosmic Order

A Public Lecture by Ioli Kalavrezou, Dumbarton Oaks Professor in Residence

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Roundel with Emperor John II Comnenus Acc. no. BZ.1935.23ca. 1110 – 1118 Constantinople Marble

This Public Lecture explores through texts and images the place of the emperor within the Byzantine heliocentric world order. Appearance and self-presentation in literal as well as symbolic terms were  discussed, especially his association with light and its effects on perception.

 

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