The Transition to Late Antiquity, on the Danube and Beyond

Hardcover | January 29, 2008

EditorAndrew Poulter

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A major contribution to one of the most fascinating debates about the Ancient World, this volume provides a significant insight into the changes that occurred in the late Roman period and which shaped the emergence of early medieval Europe. The volume will be of importance to historians and archaeologists interested in the changes in the character of urbanism, military organization and the rural landscape which separate the Roman Empire from Late Antiquity (1st to early 7th centuries AD).Some papers focus on the lower Danube, others provide comparative studies which range from northern Italy and Pannonia to Greece, western Asia Minor and as far east as the Euphrates. These papers compare the results of different international research teams but also contrast approaches andmethodology in order to assess the extent to which these differences might account for apparently contradictory conclusions. The volume also demonstrates the uses and pitfalls encountered in attempts to combine evidence provided by ancient historians and archaeologists - a theme which has wider implications beyond this volume.

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A major contribution to one of the most fascinating debates about the Ancient World, this volume provides a significant insight into the changes that occurred in the late Roman period and which shaped the emergence of early medieval Europe. The volume will be of importance to historians and archaeologists interested in the changes in t...

Andrew Poulter is at the Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:430 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.86 inPublished:January 29, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0197264026

ISBN - 13:9780197264027

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A.G. Poulter: The collapse of a Roman economy and the militarization of the countryside: the case for dramatic change on the DanubeA.G. Poulter: The Transition to Late Antiquity on the lower Danube: the city, a fort and the countrysideTHE HISTORICAL CONTEXTJ.H.W.G Liebeschuetz: The Lower Danube region under pressure: from Valens to HeracliusM. Whitby: The Late Roman army and the defence of the BalkansP. Heather: Goths in the Roman Balkans, c. 350-500THE CITY OF NICOPOLISL. Slokoska: The two Anglo-Bulgaria research programmes and the results of the Bulgarian excavationsP. Vladkova and Veliko Turnovo: The Late Roman Agora and the state of civic organizationM. Beech: The environmental archaeology research programme at Nicopolis ad Istrum: methodology and resultsTHE FORT AT DICHINV. Swan: Dichin (Bulgaria): interpreting the ceramic evidence in its wider contextP. Grinter: Seeds of destruction: conflagration in the grain stores of DichinC. Johnstine: The preliminary results from the study of the mammal and bird bone assemblages from DicinP. Guest: Coin circulation in the Balkans in Late AntiquityTHE CITY IN CONTEXTJ.P. Sodini: The transformation of cities in Late Antiquity within the provinces of Macedonia and EpirusB. Bavant: Tsarichin Grad and the changes in the nature of urbanism in the central Balkans in the 6th centuryM. Whittow: Nicopolis ad Istrum: backward and Balkan?S. Ladstatter and A. Pulz: Ephesos in the late Roman and early Byzantine period; changes in its urban character from the 3rd to 7th century ADJ. Crow: Amida and Tropaeum Treaiani: a comparison of late antique fortress cities on the Lower Danube and MesopotamiaTHE FORT IN CONTEXTG. v. Bulow: The fort of Istrus in Moesia Secunda: observations on the late Roman defensive system on the lower Danube (4th to 6th centuries AD)V. Dinchev: The fortifications in the dioceses of Thrace and Dacia during the early Byzantine periodN. Christie: From the Danube to the Po: the defence of Pannonia and Italy in the fourth and fifth centuries ADTHE COUNTRYSIDE IN CONTEXTI. Tsurov and Veliko Turnovo: Extensive field survey in north, central BulgariaA.G. Poulter: Site-specific field survey: the methodologyM. J. Boyd: Geophysical survey and rural settlement on the lower Danube at the transition to Late AntiquityH. Vanhaverbeke, F. Martens and M. Waelkens: Another view on Late Antiquity: Sagalassos (SW Anatolia), its suburbium and its countryside in Late AntiquityJ. Bintliff: The contribution of regional survey to the Late Antiquity debate: Greece in its Mediterranean context