Numerous studies have been carried out on Byzantine coins, but there are still no univocal interpretations on the details of the figures represented there and in particular on those relating to Jesus Christ. The information derived from the studies on the Holy Shroud, the most important Relic of Christ in Christianity, has clearly resulted in some new interpretations.
This is the first book in the world that deals extensively with the effigy of Christ, despite being the most sought after and collected by numismatists. Furthermore, the book relates the different images of the Redeemer on Byzantine coins with the image of Jesus Christ on the Shroud, the most important Relic of Christianity. The numerous collectors will therefore be interested in having not only a numismatic analysis of these coins but also a historical-religious study. This book, which should be understandable to everyone, demonstrates the strong influence that the Shroud had in the Byzantine era.
Table of Contents
1. Byzantine Coinage 2. The Shroud of Christ 3. Images of Christ in the Byzantine Age 4. Details of Christ’s Face on Coins 5. Christ in the World’s Medieval Coins 6. Probabilistic Analysis Applied to a Coin 7. Quantitative Analysis and Third-Class Relics 8. The Face of Christ on Coins: Aesthetic Opinion and Experiments 9. Latest Findings
Giulio Fanti is associate professor of mechanical and thermal measurements at the Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Padua, Italy. Since 1997 he has directed his interest to the Shroud, especially with reference to the still scientifically inexplicable body image impressed on it. Prof. Fanti was responsible for university research projects concerning the most important relic of Christianity and has headed for more than 15 years the Shroud Science Group, consisting of more than 100 dedicated scientists. He has published more than 200 scientific articles in international journals and has authored 10 books and over 80 scientific articles on the Shroud.