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Contributor Biography - English JEFFREY B. SPIERAugust 2004-present: University Associate, Department of Classics, University of ArizonaGuest Curator, The Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, for the exhibition Picturing the Bible: the Earliest Christian Art, to be shown November 18, 2007-March 30, 2008December 1999-to September 2002: Faculty Research Associate, Literae Humaniores, Oxford UniversityMarch 1998-June 1999: Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University College LondonFebruary-April 1997: Guest Curator, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, for the exhibition San Marco and Venice1988-1997: Honorary Research Fellow, Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Lecturer in Greek Numismatics, 1991-92, 1993-94; Greek Vase Painting, 1996.Academic Training: October 1983-April 1988: Merton College, Oxford. D.Phil., Classical Archaeology (Faculty of Literae Humaniores), for the dissertation Minor Arts and Regional Styles in East Greece, 700-500 B.C., under the direction of Professor Sir John Boardman.September 1976-September 1977: Research Assistant to Professor George M.A. Hanfmann at the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis (Turkey), Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.September 1973-June 1977: Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. B.A. degree in Classical Archaeology.Honorary positions: Elected Fellow of the American Numismatic Society, New York, October, 2005Publications: Books: - Ancient Gems and Finger Rings. Catalogue of the Collections, The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu, 1992)- San Marco and Venice (exhibition catalogue, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1997) [with G. Morrison]- A Catalogue of the Calouste Gulbenkian Collection of Gems (Lisbon, 2001).- Late Antique and Early Christian Gems (Wiesbaden, 2007)- Picturing the Bible: the Earliest Christian Art (New Haven and London, 2007, in association with the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth)- Treasures of the Ferrell Collection (Wiesbaden, 2010)- Byzantium and the West: Jewelry in the First Millennium (London, 2012)Articles (only recent): - Catalogue entry no. 13, "Ring Engraved with the Standing Virgin Holding the Christ-Child," in M. Vassilaki, ed., Mother of God: Representations of the Virgin in Byzantine Art (Exhibition catalogue, Benaki Museum, Athens, 2000), pp. 294-295- Catalogue entries describing seals, jewelry, and rings in C. Stiegemann, ed., Byzanz. Das Licht aus dem Osten (Exhibition catalogue, Mainz, 2001), pp. 235-238, nos. III.7-10; p. 241, no. III.15; pp. 298-299, nos. IV.16-17; p. 321, no. IV.48; and pp. 323-335, nos. IV.50-79.- "The Demirler, Lycia (c. 1972) Hoard (CH 1.6, 8.40, 9.351)," in A. Meadows and U. Wartenberg, eds., Coin Hoards, vol. IX (London, 2002), pp. 87-93 [with M. Arslan and A. Dervisagaoglou]- Catalogue entries in J. Michael Padgett, ed., The Centaur's Smile. The Human Animal in Early Greek Art (Exhibition catalogue, Princeton, 2003), pp. 136-137, no. 14 ("Seal with Centaur and Archer"); p. 138, no. 15 ("Seal with Centaur"); and p. 139, no. 16 ("Double-Sided Seal with Centaur and Two Men")- "A lost consular diptych of Anicius Auchenius Bassus (A.D. 408) on the mould for an ARS plaque," Journal of Roman Archaeology 16 (2003), pp. 350-354- "Middle Byzantine (10th-13th century AD) Stamp Seals in Semi-precious Stone," in C. Entwistle, ed., Through a Glass Brightly. Studies in Byzantine and Medieval Art and Archaeology Presented to David Buckton (Exeter, 2003), pp. 114-126- Descriptions of gems in Jane Biers, ed., A Peaceable Kingdom. Animals in Ancient Art from the Leo Mildenberg Collection, Part VI (Mainz, 2004), pp. 9-11, nos. VI, 13-17; pp. 59-60, nos. VI, 60-61; p. 64, nos. VI, 68-69; and p. 68, no. VI, 75- "Late Antique, Early Christian and Jewish Gems," on the Beazley Archive website, Oxford University: http: //www.beazley.ox.ac.uk/gems/styles/la

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"The book illustrates and discusses nearly fifty rings from the Palaiologan period, as weil as some earlier Byzantine rings, contemporary Byzantine jewelry, and related material from Bulgaria, Serbia, and the West. Many of the rings are published here for the first time." In: www.KunstbuchAnzeiger.de, Marz 2014.

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