Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 565, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 565  
Name and quarry location: Verde antico, from Larissa, Thessaly, Greece  
Geological description: A breccia of serpentinite, schistose calc-silicate and crystalline marble clasts in a lime-green serpentinite matrix.  
Comments: Verde antico from Lárisa (Larissa), Thessaly, Greece. The quarries were re-opened sometime between 1895 and 1905, for the first time since the reign of the Emperor Justinian (483-565). A similar breccia has been obtained from northern Italy which formerly could be distinguished by an absence of white marble clasts, however marble clasts may present in more recently quarried material.  
References: Borghini (1997) 292-293; Brindley (1897); Corsi (1845) 160-161; Dubarry de Lassale (2000) 204-205; Gnoli (1971) 136-138; Higgins (1996) 92; Lazzarini (2002c) 261-262; Mango (1972) 86; Mielsch (1985) 63-64, taf.20; Price (2007) 186-187; Rogers (2008) 33-35  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 7. Serpentines; i. Noble serpentines  
Corsi's text: 142.1 Verde antico. Marmor Atracium ... cavavasi presso la Città di Atrace nella Tessaglia  

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