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Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)

Book L'éloquence du visage entre Orient et Occident
Editor , Voskoboynikov Oleg
Publisher Sismel, Florence
Page(s) 115 - 131
ISBN 978-88-9290-054-7
Title of proceedings L'éloquence du visage entre Orient et Occident

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URL https://folia.unifr.ch/unifr/documents/319819
Type of Open Access Repository (Green Open Access)

Abstract

The present paper deals with the role played by beards as a signifier of political power in Medieval societies. More specifically, it reconstructs the dynamics by which Byzantine emperors came to break with the centuries-old tradition of the Roman ruler's shaven look to adopt a bearded appearance, which was not without prompting reactions among their contemporaries.
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