JeandAcre Posted June 13, 2022 · Member Share Posted June 13, 2022 (edited) An observation by @Furryfrog02, in his fantastic thread, 'Beauty is in the eye of the Byzantine Beholder' --followed by stumbling onto the coin below in my pics-- set off a synaptic fuse. As @FitzNigel and, to a lesser extent, I got into in the other forum, the Normans in Sicily and southern Italy set some records for eclecticism on their coins --at least in a medieval context. Given which, I'm taking @Spaniard's cue from his, also roaringly great thread, 'Made In Spain,' and putting this in General. ...Because, well, Thank you, Eclectic. But I'm especially looking forward to seeing what people can do with this over the whole range of the ancient world. Sicily: Messina. William I, the Bad, 1154-1166. AE scyphate follaro (imitating Byzantine trachys), issued from 1155/6 CE; possibly struck later in the reign from the same dies. Obv. In field: REX / .W. Around: Legend in Arabic, translated "Minted in Messina in the year fifty and five hundred [an initially accurate AH date]." Rev. Mary holding the child Jesus (a very quasi-ikonic, Byzantine motif). In fields, the Greek abbreviations: MP [/ Theta Y]; "Mother of God." D'Andrea and Contreras, The Norman Coins of the Kingdom of Sicily (2nd ed., 2015), 338. It's worth emphasizing that among all of the elements --down to the flan-- the only Latin part is an abbreviated rendition of the regnal name and title. The Normans in Sicily were sponges for the rich array of ethnic influences they ruled over. If there's such a thing as national character, I like to associate this with the similar facility their ancestors had, back to the Viking Age. Here is the Tabula Rogeriana, a map (and geography) commissioned by William's father, Roger II. It was compiled by the Arab geographer Muhammad al-Idrisi, who spent a decade and a half in Roger's court. ...Including the last three years of Roger's reign, following William's appointment as a regent (cf. the German convention of 'King of the Romans,' or active, designated heir). From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_al-Idrisi Pleeease, show some examples of this kind of glorious cultural ADD ...Yes, Even in this context, but from Anywhere! Edited June 14, 2022 by JeandAcre 16 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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