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Intercultural Exchange In The Field Of Material Culture In The Eastern Mediterranean: The Evidence Of Byzantine Legal Documents (11th To 15th Centuries)

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This chapter investigates the evidence provided by Byzantine public and private acts and ecclesiastical and monastic inventories of the eleventh to fifteenth centuries for the presence, usage, and appreciation in Byzantine lands of artefacts of non-Byzantine origin, derivation, or ultimate inspiration. Admittedly, this is merely a footnote to the larger story of cross-cultural exchange in the field of material culture between the Byzantine Empire and its neighbours to the East, West, and North. The chapter reviews the evidence for intercultural contacts in the field of material culture that may be gleaned from the surviving Byzantine documents. Intercultural exchange at a different level and a different kind is alluded to by an act recording a case that was heard by the patriarchal synod of Constantinople in 1400, at a time when property disputes were proliferating in the capital as a consequence of the protracted siege of the city by Bayezid I.

Keywords: Bayezid I; Byzantine lands; Byzantine legal documents; Constantinople; cross-cultural exchange; intercultural exchange; material culture; property disputes



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