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Teaching Fellows' Day: "Render unto Caesar": Coins and Seals in Byzantium

April 13, 2013

In the Spring of 2011 and 2012 the Byzantine Teaching Fellows at Dumbarton Oaks held a Teaching Day attended by students from the Catholic University of America, Georgetown University and George Washington University. The first Teaching Fellows’ Day focused on the Cross, in conjunction with the ‘Cross References’ exhibition in the Dumbarton Oaks Museum, the second looked at the Late Antique and Early Medieval periods as an age of transition. This year’s event will focus on two of the collections at Dumbarton Oaks, the seals collection and the coin collection, both of which are largest in the world. The goal of the day is to explain coins and seals as objects—what they are and how they were made—and to demonstrate how they can contribute to our understanding of Byzantine civilization through the study of art history, prosopography, settlement and archaeology, and literature.

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