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Fifty Years of ProsopographyThe Later Roman Empire, Byzantium and Beyond$
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Averil Cameron

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780197262924

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197262924.001.0001

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Seals and the Prosopography of the Byzantine Empire

Seals and the Prosopography of the Byzantine Empire

Chapter:
(p.94) (p.95) 7 Seals and the Prosopography of the Byzantine Empire
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Fifty Years of Prosopography
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Werner Seibt

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197262924.003.0007

For certain periods of the middle Byzantine era, seals, especially lead seals (molybdoboulla), played much the same role as do inscriptions for the Roman epoch. This chapter begins by stressing the impressive size of the epigraphic material. The number and importance vary through the centuries, but even from the most casual glance, one gets the impression that in two respects, both important to prosopography, developments reached their summit in the eleventh century: the number of seals, and the data that they offer. Working with such material involves at least three steps: reading, dating and interpretation.

Keywords:   Roman epoch, Byzantine Empire, lead seals, prosopography, molybdoboulla

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