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

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BRILL, May 25, 2012 - History - 876 pages
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Much of the past twenty years of scholarship on late-antique and medieval landscapes and settlement has introduced theoretical patterns reflecting meta-narratives of evolution and transition. This book draws on 5 years of archaeological and topographical fieldwork in order to attempt a rereading of Byzantine texts in accordance with recent perceptions of the historicity of space. The result is a fresh interpretation of settlement in Western Greece (Southern Epirus and Aetoloacarnania) from 600 to 1200 AD, springing from a postmodern theoretical background. While representing real progress in the treatment of the Middle Byzantine regions, the book makes an ecological contribution to historical and social studies through a new evaluation of the transformation of medieval settlement as a result of interaction between physical/social space and human agency.
  

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Contents

1 On the Remains of Middle Byzantine Epirus
3
2 A Geographical Outline of Byzantine Epirus SeventhTwelfth Centuries
19
Part Two Material Culture
49
1 Architecture
51
2 Dedicatory Inscriptions on or in Buildings
157
3 Monumental Art and Sculpture
171
4 Artefacts
211
Part Three Habitation
271
Concluding Remarks
363
Part Five Inventory of 7th12thCentury Sites in Middle Byzantine Southern Epirus
367
5I Introduction
369
5II The Sites
371
Appendices
521
II Abstracts of Byzantine Texts Used in Translation in this Work
553
III Geomorphological Changes in Lowlands Caused by Fluvial Sedimentation
561
Bibliography
565

1 The Chronology Typology Transformation Networks and Economy of Settlements
273
NonSystematic Extensive Survey and the Historicity of Space in Archaeology
305
3 Aspects of the Transformation of Settlement within the Context of the Medieval Mediterranean
331
Part Four The Case of Southern Middle Byzantine Epirus
361
Index of Middle Byzantine Sites in Southern Epirus and Aetoloacarnania Greece
609
Index of Names
612
Illustrations
625
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About the author (2012)

Myrto Veikou, PhD (2007) in Byzantine Studies, University of Athens, has been teaching at the Universities of Crete, Cyprus and currently the Hellenic Open University. She has published on Byzantine archaeology and settlement in Archeologia Medievale (2009) and the Byzantinische Zeitschrift (2010).

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