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J. Pinar Gil (Hradec Králové, Czech Republic)

Office insignia, diplomatic gifts and fashion items: on some 5th century brooches in the Adriatic-Alpine area

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Pages: 335-343 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.55086/SL22335343

From the second quarter of the 5th century, a number of crossbow and bow brooches produced in north-eastern Italy (probably in or around Ravenna) substituted the classical Zwiebelknopffibeln as official insignia for Roman officers. Throughout the 5th century, these objects became fashionable items and were accordingly imitated by a number of secondary producers; at the same time, their modalities of use changed, eventually distancing themselves from their original, official use. However, some types of brooches kept their original meaning, being used as signs of office and also as insignia for client rulers by both the Late Roman administration and its “barbarian” successors.

Keywords: Italy, Alps, Adriatic, Migration Period, clothing, fibulae, insignia, society, politics

Information about author:

Joan Pinar Gil
(Hradec Králové, Czech Republic). PhD. University of Hradec Králové, Department of Archaeology. Rokitanského 62, Hradec Králové, 500 03, Czech Republic
E-mail: [email protected]
ORCID: 0000-0003-0398-129X


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