Measuring up to Byzantium

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“The Day” about Fedir Androshchuk’s book “Images of Power. Byzantium and Nordic Coinage c. 995-1035” (study of scandinavian imitations of Byzantine silver coins minted by Emperors Basil II and Constantine VIII from 989-997).

The latest book authored by the Doctor of Sciences (History) was published this year by Laurus Publishers. Written in English, it is entitled Images of Power. Byzantium and Nordic Coinage c. 995-1035. It deals with Scandinavian imitations of Byzantine silver coins minted by Emperors Basil II and Constantine VIII from 989-997. Scandinavian imitation coins stayed in circulation throughout the first half of the 11th century. Similar imitations of Byzantine coins have been found in the Taman Peninsula as well.

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The author, a Ukrainian historian who now works in Sweden, has long been studying contacts between Byzantium, Ancient Rus’, and Scandinavia. Androshchuk’s newest work is, in fact, another link in the long line of such studies. His Images of Power comprises scholarly articles, a detailed catalog, and a set of color images of coins held at the Royal Coin Cabinet in Stockholm. “This collection was already well-known. Prominent numismatist Brita Malmer prepared a publication of these coins, but it totally lacked interpretation, being just a traditional numismatic work which consisted of coin images and their metric data. Basically, no one has ever interpreted these materials in any way, as it was unclear what to do with them. Meanwhile, I was interested in the phenomenon of imitation itself, and so decided to do such a study,” Androshchuk told us.

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https://day.kyiv.ua/en/article/time-out/measuring-byzantium

By Maria PROKOPENKO, The Day
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