Poll Results – Our Favourite Byzantine Objects

As the BBC programme A History of the World in 100 Objects comes to an end, so our poll closes. The poll result for our favourite Byzantine Objects can now be revealed. There were seventeen votes which is  somewhat disappointing but there was a clear winner which was the Astronomical tables of Ptolemy which gained 35.29% of all votes cast. This is probably a surprise but it is indeed a beautiful artefact. personally I voted for the Barberini diptych. For those who took part we hope that you enjoyed the fun and viewing all these beautiful objects. We will run another poll at a later date and Laura is busy selecting some possible candidates. 

Title: Astronomical tables of Ptolemy from the Iconoclast period

Description: Reign of Constantine V (828 – 35). Zodiac and months from Tetrabiblos of Ptolemaios. Manuscript from the 8th century AD. Geographia of Ptolemy. Helios in the centre, identified as the Christ by the cross, twelve naked female figures represent the hours, twelve clothed apostles represent the twelve months, and surrounding that the twelve zodiac signs.  

Astronomical tables of Ptolemy

and the full results from Our Favourite Byzantine Objects 

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3 Responses to Poll Results – Our Favourite Byzantine Objects

  1. Albert says:

    It’s a bit similar to the one at the bottom of this page: http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/secret_teachings/sta12.htm

  2. proverbs6to10 says:

    Yes it is. Very well worth a look.

  3. LauraDAL says:

    Lots of science-orientated minds out there, I believe. I went more for fashion. Great job Tom!

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