The Dodecanese and the Eastern Aegean Islands in Late Antiquity, AD 300-700

Hardcover | April 23, 2016

byGeorgios Deligiannakis

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The Dodecanese and the Eastern Aegean Islands in Late Antiquity, AD 300-700 is a regional study of the history, archaeology, and religious profile of the Late Antique Dodecanese (the islands of the south-eastern Aegean, centred on Rhodes), exploring how the spread of Christianity altered thesecommunities and how the prosperity of the eastern Roman Empire, and the new capital in Constantinople, affected their life. Incorporating comparative evidence from the rest of the Aegean islands and both the Greek and Turkish mainlands, the volume analyses material from the whole area as part of awider system of social and economic relations, political history, and culture. Accompanied by an extensive archaeological gazetteer, it presents the administrative and political history of the islands and considers the written and archaeological evidence for the monotheistic communities of the eastern Aegean, offering a closer examination of the late history of pagan templesand the transition to Christianity. It discusses the settlement and economic history of the islands, focusing on the urban history of Rhodes and Kos, but also on the numerous key non-urban sites from the rest of the islands, in particular the extended ruins of a barely known site located in thesmall island of Saria, north of Karpathos. The final chapter addresses the seventh century - which saw the destruction of so much of what had been built up in the fourth to sixth centuries - when the islands' societies acquired a new role for the State as naval outposts, functioning as a border zonein the course of the Arab-Byzantine wars.

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The Dodecanese and the Eastern Aegean Islands in Late Antiquity, AD 300-700 is a regional study of the history, archaeology, and religious profile of the Late Antique Dodecanese (the islands of the south-eastern Aegean, centred on Rhodes), exploring how the spread of Christianity altered thesecommunities and how the prosperity of the e...

Georgios Deligiannakis is Assistant Professor in Roman and Late Roman Studies at the Open University of Cyprus.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 10.87 × 8.62 × 0.01 inPublished:April 23, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsList of FiguresList of Abbreviations1. Introduction and Description of Aims2. The Administrative and Political History of the Province of the Islands3. Christian and Jewish Communities in the Eastern Aegean4. Late Paganism on the Aegean Islands and the Transition to a Christian World5. The Late Antique Archaeology of the Dodecanese6. The Economy of the Dodecanese and its Role in Maritime Exchange During the Fifth and Sixth Centuries7. The Seventh Century8. Conclusions: Towards a History of the Dodecanese in Late AntiquityBibliographyIndex