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New Cities in Late Antiquity
Documents and Archaeology

E. Rizos (ed.)
297 p., 170 b/w ill., 216 x 280 mm, 2017
ISBN: 978-2-503-55551-5
Languages: English, French, German
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A collection of essays on the archaeology of newly built cities of Late Antiquity (ca. AD 300-600)

The foundation of new cities and towns is a particular aspect of urban history in Late Antiquity. Decades of archaeological work on sites like Iustiniana Prima, Dara, Rusafa, Androna and Zenobia provided ample material on specific cases, but we are still far from having a coherent picture of the background and impact of city foundations in Late Antiquity. Dictated by government decision or favoured by economic and demographic growth, newly-founded cities are witnesses of the realities, needs and ideals of urbanism in their own time and they provide a perspective which is quite different from the usual problems of transformation and decline of pre-existing Graeco-Roman cities.

This volume, deriving from a workshop organized in Istanbul in November 2013, brings together studies by archaeologists working on sites that were founded or developed as urban centres during Late Antiquity (3rd to 7th century AD). On the base of case studies and synthetic approaches it is attempted to draw a comprehensive picture of the state of research and a theoretical discussion on the motives and characteristics of city-building and settlement development in Late Antiquity.

Efthymios Rizos is a Research Associate at Oxford University. He studied at the Universities of Thessaloniki and Oxford (Dphil) and held postdoctoral fellowships at Koç University and the Netherlands Institute in Turkey. His research focuses on various aspects of late antique culture, especially on urbanism in the Balkans and Anatolia, architectural history, the cult of saints and hagiography.

Table of Contents


Efthymios Rizos, Introduction

John Bintliff, Aspects of Settlement Change in Late Antiquity from Regional Survey Evidence

Efthymios Rizos, New cities and new urban ideals, AD 250-350

Orsolya Heinrich-Tamáska, Castellum – Castrum – Civitas ? L’évolution fonctionnelle des nouveaux établissements de l’antiquité tardive en Pannonie et en Mésie Seconde : étude comparative

Martine Assénat et Antoine Pérez, La topographie antique d’Amida (IIIe siècle après J.-C. – VIe siècle après J.-C.) d’après les sources littéraires

Emanuele E. Intagliata, Palmyra and its Ramparts during the Tetrarchy

Efthymios Rizos and Mustafa Hamdi Sayar, Urban Dynamics in the Bosphorus Region during Late Antiquity

James Crow, New Cities of Late Antiquity: Theodosiopolis in Armenia

Martin Gussone und Dorothée Sack, Resafa / Syrien. Städtebauliche Entwicklung zwischen Kultort und Herrschaftssitz

Sylvie Blétry, L’urbanisme et l’habitat de la ville de Zénobia-Halabiya : résultats de la mission franco-syrienne (2006–10)

Elİf Keser-Kayaalp and Nİhat Erdoğan, Recent Research on Dara/Anastasiopolis

Albrecht Berger, Mokisos – eine kappadokische Fluchtsiedlung des sechsten Jahrhunderts

Marlia Mundell Mango, Androna and the Late Antique Cities of Oriens

Carolyn S. Snively, Golemo Gradište at Konjuh: A New City or a Relocated One?

Vujadin Ivanišević, Main Patterns of Urbanism in Caričin Grad (Justiniana Prima)

Javier Martínez Jiménez, Water Supply in the Visigothic Urban Foundations of Eio (El Tolmo de Minateda) and Reccopolis

Günder Varİnlİoğlu, ‘Built Like a City’: Boğsak Island (Isauria) in Late Antiquity

Georgios Deligiannakis and Vassileios Karabatsos, Palatia of Saria, a Late Antique ‘Nēsopolis’ of Provincia Insularum: A Topographical Survey

David Hill, Håkon Roland and Knut Ødegård, Kastro Apalirou, Naxos, a Seventh-Century Urban Foundation

Jean-Michel Spieser, Villes neuves dans l’Antiquité Tardive. Conclusion

J. M.Spieser, Conclusions

Interest Classification:
Social Sciences
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Ancient history & archaeology: Europe
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : auxiliary sciences
Geography & cartography
Demography & settlement studies
Medieval European history (400-1500) : genres & specific topics
Urban history

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