From Constantine to Charlemagne: An Archaeology of Italy, AD 300-800

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Neil Christie
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006 - History - 586 pages
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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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Contents

Sources and Contexts
15
propaganda
25
Brescia part of the high quality artistic output of the reign
47
presumed to relate to a later eighth or ninthcentury refortification
56
The provincial divisions of Italy under Augustus at the end of
66
Church and Society
73
Combined 199899 excavation resistivity plans and
77
Urban Evolutions
183
Late Roman Villas and Farms
428
Churches Monasteries and Burials
442
Germans and the Land
465
Hills Refuges and Caves
473
Environments Economies and Bioarchaeologies
484
Conclusions
491
Conclusions Living and Dying in Late Antique
497
Continuities Changes Transformations?
505

Defence and Power
281
Rural Settlement and Patterns of Change
401
The Impact of Field Survey
412
Bibliography
511
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Neil Christie is Reader in Archaeology in the School of Archaeology & Ancient History at the University of Leicester, UK.

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