Epirus Vetus: the archaeology of a late antique province
The land that once formed the late antique Roman province of Epirus Vetus now straddles the border between Albania and Greece, a volatile area whose history since the Second World War has meant that modern political boundaries rather than those of antiquity have defined study of the ancient province. In this readable, well illustrated account, William Bowden reassesses the archaeological evidence from the fourth to the seventh century AD, when the area changed from a Roman province to a distant region beyond the limits of the empire, using the data to construct a model of the changing social structures that underlay this important transition. His analysis reveals that these changes were not gradual transformations but rather a series of sharply defined discontinuities, and suggests that these processes resulted in a more fragmented society, in which groups coalesced around individuals rather than concepts of town or state. The book also examines the controversial issue of Slavic settlement in the area in the immediate post-Roman period, a subject that even today remains dominated by the questions of nationalism and ethnic identity that have recently had such tragic consequences in the Balkans.
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The Historical Geography of Late Antique Epirus
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Acheloos river Albania Anamali Antigoneia Aphiona appears archaeological evidence architecture baptistery basilica bishops Bowden brick Budina burials capitals cemeteries ceramics changes Chapter Christian buildings Chrysos church building church construction churches of Epirus city walls classical coastal Diaporit Dodona Dometios donations earlier early Christian Epirote Epirus Nova Epirus Vetus erosion Euroea example excavations fifth century forthcoming fortifications fourth century grandiose graves Greece Greek Gregory Hadrianopolis Hammond Hodges ideological Illyricum imperial indicate inscription islands Justinian Kephalos Kerkyra Lake Butrint Lako landscape late antique late antique Epirus late fifth late Roman later limestone rubble marble material mid-sixth century Mitikas monumental mosaic mosaicists Nikopolis occupation Onchesmos Palaiopolis Pallas particular Phoenice population Procopius province re-used region remains Rizovouni Roman period Roman town rural Saraci sculpture seems settlement seventh century significant similar sixth Slavic Sodini Soustal spolia Strongyli structures suggests survey towns of Epirus triconch triconch palace Ugolini urban villa