It’s not the least of the Late Antique & Byzantine attractions – the mosaics, these delicate fragments delivering such powerful visual & tactile illusions.
So praise be to the producer of Averil Cameron’s book “Byzantine matters” - with its rough cloth cover inviting to be touched, with its pictured mosaic bird offering such a boisterous sight for sore eyes.
However lost the classical tradition may be - the longing for a lost classical past has a long life.
So praise be to the producer of G. W. Bowersock’s book “From Gibbon to Auden – Essays on the Classical Tradition” . The cover image of Hubert Robert’s "Roman Ruins" is unmatched in its wistful depiction of tiny people amidst decayed grandeur. ( Hubert Robert! even when imprisoned during the French revolution, faithfully imagining & painting the grandest of ruins.)
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You sharp eye may have noticed it, just below the above mentioned books , tantalisingly close to the touch & the camera: the surviving gods on the cover of Peter Brown’s “Late Antiquity“