James Crow

in The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199252466
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History


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The archaeology of the Byzantine Empire has not generated much interest, with Byzantine remains and monuments rarely taking centre stage in the major archaeological sites of the ancient world. Outside of Greece, few universities teach the subject. As a distinctive discipline, however, archaeology has provided important insights into the Byzantine world. Awareness has improved with respect to the significance of the study of buildings, historic landscapes, and material culture, including ceramics. This article describes the character and development of Byzantine archaeology, beginning with a discussion of the history of Byzantine art and architecture. It also examines the chronology and administration of Byzantine archaeology, the approaches used to study it, as well as Byzantine villages, towns, and monuments.

Keywords: archaeology; Byzantine Empire; monuments; Byzantine towns; Byzantine villages; Byzantine art; architecture; history

Article.  4695 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Middle Eastern Languages

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