From Constantine to Charlemagne: An Archaeology of Italy, AD 300-800
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006 - History - 586 pages
This book offers an overview of the archaeological and structural evidence for one of the most vital periods of Italian history, spanning the late Roman and early medieval periods. The chronological scope covers the adoption of Christianity and the emergence of Rome as the seat of Western Christendom, the break-up of the Roman west in the face of internal decay and the settlement of non-Romans and Germanic groups, the impact of Germanic and Byzantine rule on Italy until the rise of Charlemagne and of a Papal State in the later eighth century. Presenting a detailed review and analysis of recent discoveries by archaeologists, historians, art historians, numismatists and architectural historians, Neil Christie identifies the changes brought about by the Church in town and country, the level of change within Italy under Rome before and after occupation by Ostrogoths, Byzantines and Lombards, and reviews wider changes in urbanism, rural exploitation and defence. The emphasis is on human settlement on its varied levels - town, country, fort, refuge - and the assessment of how these evolved and the changes that impacted on them. this fascinating and dynamic period of European history.
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Church and Society
Combined 199899 excavation resistivity plans and
Late Roman Villas and Farms
Churches Monasteries and Burials
Germans and the Land
Hills Refuges and Caves
Environments Economies and Bioarchaeologies
Conclusions Living and Dying in Late Antique
Continuities Changes Transformations?
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From Constantine to Charlemagne: An Archaeology of Italy AD 300–800
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