Byzantine Diptych of Ivory

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James Blake Wiener
published on 01 December 2018

Diptych (two-part writing tablet), ivory. c. 506 CE. From the collection of the Zurich historian J. H. Hottinger (1620-1667 CE). The man on the throne was called Areobindus. He is shown giving the signal to begin the animal combat depicted on the bottom part of the panels. He used these ivory writing tablets to invite high-ranking officials of the Byzantine Empire to attend the games he was putting on in celebration of his taking office as consul. (Landesmuseum, Z├╝rich).

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James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of World History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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