9781842171059

Secular Buildings and the Archaeology of Everyday Life in the Byzantine Empire

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    9781842171059

  • ISBN10:

    1842171054

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-08-01
  • Publisher: David Brown Book Co
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Summary

The archaeology of everyday life is a relatively under-explored aspect of the Byzantine world, and often takes a back-seat to the more visible aspects of Byzantine history, such as works of art and ecclesiastical architecture. This book seeks to redress the imbalance by focusing on some of the available evidence for the "everyday" in Byzantine houses and towns: the archaeology of secular domestic structures. Several papers bring together and reinterpret much of what is known of Byzantine housing, from Italy and Greece to North Africa and the East Mediterranean rim, in the fifth to fifteenth centuries. Other topics include a review of the rich archaeological data for domestic and commercial activities from the Byzantine shops at Sardis; a re-examination of the of the relationship between domestic artifacts and religious identity in Early Byzantine Israel; and a reinterpretation of the most extensively studied (and grandest) of all Byzantine houses: the Great Palace of the Byzantine Emperors at Constantinople.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(3)
The Heart of the Empire: The Great Palace of the Byzantine Emperors Reconsidered
4(33)
J. Kostenec
Early Byzantine Housing
37(16)
S. Ellis
Middle and Late Byzantine Houses in Greece (tenth to fifteenth centuries)
53(29)
L. Sigalos
Shops, retailing and the local economy in the Early Byzantine world: the example of Sardis
82(41)
A. Harris
Everyday Artefacts as Indicators of Religious Belief in Byzantine Palestina
123
E. Ribak

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