Byzantine Silver Dish with Pagan Imagery

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 25 September 2016

While Christianity was the state religion of the Byzantine Empire, pagan imagery remained popular. Knowledge of classical literature, which often portrayed the lives of pagan gods and heroes, was considered a sign of culture and good education. This silver dish shows Eros, the Greek god of love, which advertised its owner's education. Byzantine, 6th century CE. From Turkey. (The British Museum, London).



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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