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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...the cities of Greece were as
famous as the contemporary work of the Persians and the Saracens,
from which, except where the subjects are reli-Pl0 u. gioUS, they
are not Theodore. easily distinguished. The Norman princes of
Sicily encouraged Greek weavers to settle in Palermo; Sicily had
already been occupied by the Arabs; and silk textiles of the finest
quality were now produced in the island. Byzantine textiles were
sent as presents to Western princes, or traded and smuggled into
Europe, and a considerable number of examples have fortu Bvzantine
gilt bronze plaque: (No. 544.) Of the pottery and glass of the
Byzantine Empire remarkably little is known. Work of fine quality
must have been produced, and glass is. mentioned in literary
records, but the material at present available is not sufficient to
enable us to form a good idea of the successive states of the
industry. The early Venetian and Arab glass-makers were assuredly
not without Greek rivals whose work may be made better known to us
by future excavation and research. The Constantine Bowl (No. 916
and figs. 16 and 35) shows us that the Greeks could produce fine
pottery in the fourth century, but such work of later date as is
known is chiefly confined to a rude incised ware found on sites
round the Black Sea. During this great period the rendering of
sacred scenes was probably fixed in something like the forms which
have since become traditional. Some of these subjects are peculiar
to the Greek Church; in others the iconographical treatment alone
diverges from that of western mediaeval art. Among these the
Annunciation, the Harrowing of Hell, the Pentecost, and the
Etimasia or Preparation of the Throne, may be especially mentioned.
The third and last phase of Byzantine history is of...
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