Viewing Inscriptions in the Late Antique and Medieval World (Hardback)
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Viewing Inscriptions in the Late Antique and Medieval World (Hardback)

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Hardback 275 Pages / Published: 20/04/2015
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Inscriptions convey meaning not just by their contents but also by other means, such as choice of script, location, scale, spatial organisation, letterform, legibility and clarity. The essays in this book consider these visual qualities of inscriptions, ranging across the Mediterranean and the Near East from Spain to Iran and beyond, including Norman Sicily, Islamic North Africa, Byzantium, medieval Italy, Georgia and Armenia. While most essays focus on Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, they also look back at Achaemenid Iran and forward to Mughal India. Topics discussed include real and pseudo-writing, multilingual inscriptions, graffiti, writing disguised as images and images disguised as words. From public texts set up on mountainsides or on church and madrasa walls to intimate craftsmen's signatures, barely visible on the undersides of precious objects, the inscriptions discussed in this volume reveal their meanings as textual and visual devices.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107092419
Number of pages: 275
Weight: 790 g
Dimensions: 262 x 186 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This volume tidily bridges the gap between textual and visual studies, and shows the functionality of inscriptions as more than just a literary device throughout various periods of history. It is a welcome addition to the study of space, place and communication in the medieval world.' Brittany Thomas, Medieval Archaeology
'This volume tidily bridges the gap between textual and visual studies, and shows the functionality of inscriptions as more than just a literary device throughout various periods of history. It is a welcome addition to the study of space, place and communication in the medieval world.' Brittany Thomas, Medieval Archaeology

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