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Byzantine Epirus a Topography of Transformation. Settlements of the Seventh-Twelfth Centuries in Southern Epirus and Aetoloacarnania, Greece.

Drawing on archaeological fieldwork in Western Greece, this book offers a fresh model for interpreting the transformation of medieval settlement (600-1200 AD). Rereading Byzantine texts from a postmodern theoretical background, it introduces a new perception of the historicity of space.

Main Author: Veikou, Myrto.
Format: Electronic
Language: English
Published: Leiden : Brill, 2012.
Series: Medieval Mediterranean.
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Related Items: Print version:: Byzantine Epirus : A Topography of Transformation. Settlements of the Seventh-Twelfth Centuries in Southern Epirus and Aetoloacarnania, Greece.
Table of Contents:
  • List of Illustrations; List of Maps; Preface; List of Abbreviations; Part One Study of a Changing Landscape; 1. On the Remains of Middle Byzantine Epirus; 2. A Geographical Outline of Byzantine Epirus (Seventh-Twelfth Centuries); 2.I. Definition, Political Geography and Relevant Toponymy; 2. II. Physical Geography and Selection of the Research Area; 2. III. Landscape Evolution: Geomorphological Landforms and Processes; 2. IV. Human Geography; Part Two Material Culture; 1. Architecture; 1.I. Building Typology and Use; 1.I.1. Fortifications; 1.I.2. Religious Buildings.
  • 1.I.3. Burial Spaces1.I.4. Secular Buildings; 1.I.5. Industrial Buildings; 1.I.6. Water Supply Facilities and Water System Management; 1.I.7. Road System; 1.I.8. Harbour Facilities; 1. II. Building Construction; 1. II. 1. Building Materials and Methods; 1. II. 2. Morphological Features and Chronology of Masonries; 1. III. Conclusions; 2. Dedicatory Inscriptions on or in Buildings; 2.I. The Inscriptions; 2. II. Conclusions; 3. Monumental Art and Sculpture; 3.I. Opus Sectile, Marble-Inlay, Mosaic and Fresco Decorations; 3. II. Architectural Sculptures; 3. III. Conclusions; 4. Artefacts.
  • 4.I. Ceramics and Tiles4. II. Metalwork; 4. III. Glass; 4. IV. Lead Seals; 4.V. Numismatic Finds; 4. VI. Conclusions; Part Three Habitation; 1. The Chronology, Typology, Transformation, Networks and Economy of Settlements; 1.I. The Chronology of Settlements; 1. II. The Typology and Transformation of Settlements; 1. II.a. Fortified Settlements; 1. II.b. Unfortified Settlements; 1. II.c. Monastic Settlements; 1. III. Network of Routes and Settlements; 1. IV. Economic Activities; 2. The Geographical Dimension of Settlement: Non-Systematic Extensive Survey and the Historicity of Space in Archaeology.
  • 3. Aspects of the Transformation of Settlement within the Context of the Medieval Mediterranean3.I. Historical and Archaeological Evidence: "Different Sources, Different Histories?"; 3.I.1. Theoretical Problems Relating to Medieval Settlement in Epirus and the Mediterranean; 3. II. A Reconstruction of Settlement in Epirus; 3. II.1. The Islands; 3. II.2. The Mainland; 3. II.3. A Correlation of Historical Settlements with Archaeological Evidence; 3. III. Conclusions; Part Four The Case of Southern Middle Byzantine Epirus; Concluding Remarks.
  • Part Five Inventory of 7th-12th-Century Sites in Middle Byzantine Southern Epirus5.I. Introduction; 5. II. The Sites; Appendices; I. Material Culture Inventory; I.1. Dedicatory Inscriptions on or in Buildings; I.2. Opus Sectile, Marble-inlay, Mosaic and Fresco Decorations; I.3. Architectural Sculpture; I.4. Ceramics and Tiles; I.5. Metalwork; I.6. Glass; I.7. Lead Seals; I.8. Numismatic Finds; II. Abstracts of Byzantine Texts Used in Translation in this Work; III. Geomorphological Changes in Lowlands Caused by Fluvial Sedimentation; Bibliography.