mercoledì 22 marzo 2017

Bisanzio dappertutto

(immagine tratta da *)

Riporto dal blog del Dr. Caitlin R. Green. In marrone, i confini dopo le conquiste di Giustiniano. I punti neri corrispondono ai "early Byzantine items and contemporary imitations found outside of the boundaries of the mid-sixth-century empire".

In questa fase mi sto interessando di estremo oriente, per cui riporto:

"China was, for example, mentioned by Roman and early Byzantine writers from the first century BC onwards and it is included not only in Ptolemy's second-century AD Geography (which mentions parts of Southeast Asia too), but also on the Tabula Peutingeriana, a fascinating map that seems to have had its origins in the Late Roman period. Moreover, Roman and especially Chinese sources make several references to Hellenistic, Roman and early Byzantine entertainers, merchants and/or embassies being present in China and Southeast Asia, including a mission in 166 AD that arrived via the south coast—probably entering China via Vietnam and claiming to have been sent by the Roman emperor Andun (Antoninus Pius or Marcus Aurelius Antoninus?), although this was perhaps really a commercial action that chose to represent itself this way—and numerous seventh- and eighth-century Byzantine embassies to Tang China." (*)

Conto sulla reincarnazione, perché vorrò essere archeologo non una, ma molte volte: anche con specializzazione tardo-antica.

Non spero invece nella metempsicosi, perché l'affrancamento dell'anima dal corpo mi infastidirebbe.

(*) A very long way from home: early Byzantine finds at the far ends of the world, Blog di Caitlin R. Green, 21 marzo 2017.

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