David Lisot Video Library (1992)
The Byzantine Empire spanned a 1000-year period and continued the Roman Empire in the East. During this time, over 2,500 types of coins were struck in metals from pure gold to lead. The Byzantine world preserved civilization through the "Dark Ages' and into the emerging Renaissance. This introduction to Byzantine numismatics is a multi-media consideration of types of coins, their value to Byzantines and collectors, Christian icons on the coins, and the history and religion of the Empire, from is foundation in A.D. 331 to its fall in 1453. Lecture with slides & music. Speaker(s): Christopher T. Connell.