Byzantine Fashions

An exotic blend of east and west, clothing styles in the Byzantine Empire were rich in color, fabric, and ornament. This carefully researched and scrupulously rendered coloring book by Tom Tierney features more than 80 Byzantine garments, as depicted in ancient mosaics and sculptures. Clothing styles from all classes are represented from simple 4th-century tunics worn by early Christian commoners and the body armor of 5th-century Roman warriors to a pallium decorated with crosses worn by a...

Byzantine Clothing

Byzantine Clothing

The Byzantine Empire began in a.d. 330, when Emperor Constantine I moved the capital of the Roman Empire to a city that became known as Constantinople, or Byzantium modern-day Istanbul . Constantine I was impressed by the city's strategic location, notably its command of the Mediterranean, Aegean, and Black seas. The Byzantine Empire's thriving commercial trade led to immense wealth, its trade routes extending from Scandinavia and Russia to Armenia and Ethiopia. In a.d. 364, Emperor Valentinian...

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Byzantine Emperor And Empress

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