Asia Minor in the Long Sixth Century
Current Research and Future Directions
Imprint: Oxbow Books
256 Pages, 6.69 x 9.44 in
- April 2019
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The more general living conditions in both cities and countryside have long been neglected. The majority of the population, however, did not live in urban but in rural contexts. Yet the countryside only found its proper place in regional overviews in the last two decades, thanks to an increasing number of regional surveys in combination with a more refined pottery chronology. Our growing understanding of networks of villages and hamlets is very likely to influence the appreciation of the last decades of Late Antiquity drastically. Indeed, it would seem that the sixth century in particular is characterized not only by a ruralization of cities, but also by the extension and flourishing of villages in Asia Minor, the Roman Near East, and Egypt.
This volume's series of themes include the physical development of large and small settlements, their financial situation, and the proportion of public and private investment. Imperial, provincial, and local initiatives in city and countryside are compared and the main motivations examined, including civic or personal pride, military incentives, and religious stimuli. The evidence presented will be used to form opinions on the impact of the plague on living circumstances in the sixth century and to evaluate the significance of the Justinianic period.
Chapter 2. A change of appearance. Urban housing in Asia Minor during the sixth century
Chapter 3. Pagan-mythological statuary in sixth-century Asia Minor
Chapter 4. Sixth-century Asia Minor through the lens of hagiography: ecclesiastical power and institutions in city and countryside
Chapter 5. Studying Asia Minor in the sixth century. Methodological considerations for an economic analysis
Chapter 6. Forgotten borderlands. Northeastern Anatolia in the sixth century and its potential for frontier studies
Emanuele E. Intagliata
Chapter 7. The countryside in southern Asia Minor in the long sixth century
Chapter 8. The cities of southern Asia Minor in the sixth century
Chapter 9. Aspects of sixth-century urbanism in western Asia Minor
Chapter 10. Constantinople in the long sixth century
Chapter 11. Industrial agriculture, intensification and collapse in Sinope and its territory during the late Roman/early Byzantine periods
Chapter 12. Aphrodisias in the long sixth century
Chapter 13. The glorious sixth century in Assos. The unknown prosperity of a provincial city in western Asia Minor
“The combination of both subjects, the geographical and the chronological one, in a single book title will surely arouse curiosity among academics; many scholars will have a look at this book. To say it in advance: they will not be disappointed, even high expectations are met […] the book is a distinguished one; the individual essays are well-informed and erudite.” ~Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"Taken together the papers in the volume offer new insights into the archaeology of sixth-century Asia Minor, revealing its vibrancy, reflecting the most current research and highlighting lacunae in our knowledge that provide opportunities for future research." ~Antiquity