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Ancora sulla bolla plumbea tardoimperiale da Altino

Michele Asolati    Università degli Studi di Padova, Italia

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The article focuses on a Late Roman lead seal found in the area of ancient Altino. The chronology of this object seems to be determinable on the basis of the presence on the obverse of three frontal imperial busts side by side. These iconographic elements are comparable with those present on other late antique artifacts, in particular exagia solidi, some of which are attributed with a good margin of security to the joint reign of Arcadius, Honorius and Theodosius II. The seal is therefore datable between 403 and 408 AD. This is an exceptional finding that testifies the contacts between Altinum and the imperial court, which according to the Codex Theodosianus stayed in the ancient city several times between 364 and 406 AD.

keywords: Altinum. Late Roman Lead Seals. Arcadius. Honorius and Theodosius II.

Language: it

Published: March 18, 2020  
permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/978-88-6969-380-9/017

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