No place can better represent the meeting of cultures in late medieval Europe than the Mediterranean. Intellectual, artistic, and societal interactions during this time have impacted material culture on many levels. These interactions are yet visible in coins, monuments, cityscapes, languages, music, ideas, knowledge, and technologies. Byzantine, medieval Islamic, Norman, Italian, and Crusader coins have been the dominant evidence of cultural interactions between opposing Mediter-ranean shores. This article presents aspects of cultural encounters in the late medieval Mediterranean, visualized in storylines and accompanying digitized datasets, and supported by computer technologies and related digital applications.
Throughout history it has been necessary for mankind to travel: for a better life, for pilgrimage, for religious or political freedom, for trade, for com- munication between nations or for conquest. Each culture as it developed found in coinage the most powerful means to facilitate and control economic activities within and outside its territories. And as peoples from different cultures travelled and mixed with others, so did their coins. Byzantine, Islamic, and western medieval European coins circulated and changed hands along routes of migration, trade, war, pilgrimage and diplomacy; the routes set out from Con- stantinople/Istanbul to the Adriatic in the western Balkans; from the Black Sea to the eastern and western Mediterranean; from Britain, Scandinavia to Russia. The Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham houses one of the finest collections of medieval Christian and Islamic coins worldwide. This paper presents select case studies based on the numismatic resources of the Barber Institute to show the role of coins as a means to track and discuss inter-cultural dialogue that took place along Europe’s cultural routes. The com- bination of storylines based on coins, related artefacts and sites, and the imple- mentation of modern technologies can further social engagement and alert existing and new audiences of the potential of cultural heritage as a major connecting thread of Europe’s diverse cultural communities.
J. Floch, S. Jiang, M.E. Beltrán, E. Georganteli, I. Koukouni, B. Prados, L.M. Perez, M. Mar del Villafranca, S. de los Rios, M.F. Cabrera-Umpierrez, and M.T. Arredondo. 2014. “Tailoring lifelong cultural experiences.” Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Universal Access to Information and Knowledge. UAHCI 2014. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2014. Publisher's VersionAbstract
ICT-based personalization in cultural heritage has been an important topic of research during the last twenty years. Personalization is used as a means to enhance the visitors’ experience of a cultural site. Little consideration has however been set on lifelong cultural experiences, i.e. engaging the public in culture beyond the visit of a single site and bridging multiple sites. Cultural sites differ leading to a diversity of needs that should be taken into account through a personalization approach. This paper presents a set of scenarios tailored to suit the needs of three different Cultural Heritage sites in different EU countries. These scenarios have been developed within the EU funded project TAG CLOUD that aims at leveraging existing technologies to support realistic lifelong engagement experiences with cultural heritage through personalized content and interaction.
E. Georganteli. 2012. “The coins.” In The Winchester Mint and Coins and Related Finds from the Excavations of 1961-71, edited by M. Biddle, Pp. 669-79. Oxford : Oxford University Press. academiaAbstract
The chapter is a revisionist study of Byzantium’s presence in medieval Britain through the evidence of coins, seals, pottery, written sources and the changing patterns in the geography of transport from the fifth to the eleventh century AD.
The Myers Eton College collection of Egyptian antiquities is not only one of the finest assemblages of ancient Egyptian decorative art worldwide but also a window into the distant world of travellers in 19th-century Egypt and the Middle East. Educated at Eton College and Sandhurst, Major William Joseph Myers (1858-99) started collecting in Egypt in the 1880s. On Myers's untimely death in 1899 Eton College became the beneficiary of his collection, diaries and library. This volume celebrates this extraordinary bequest discussing statuettes of mortals and gods, mummy masks, jewellery, pottery and papyri in a thematic way alongside Roman and Byzantine coins from the rich Barber Institute of Fine Arts collections. The publication contributes significantly to the wider scholarship and understanding of this stunning private collection in particular and Egyptian art in general.
E. Georganteli. 2008. “Numismatics.” In Oxford Handbook of Byzantium, edited by E. Jeffreys, J. Haldon, and R. Cormack, Pp. 157-175. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
The study of Byzantine coins is essentially the study of communications and movement of people and ideas, within and outside Byzantium. This book, winner of the Royal Numismatic Society Lhotka Memorial Prize 2007 and Runner-up in the Art Newspaper & AXA Art Exhibition Publication Award 2007, focuses on coins, seals and medals to explore Byzantium's political, socio-economic and artistic trajectory and cultural encounters with its neighbours.