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The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, c. 500 to 1050

Florin Curta

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780748638093
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670741 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638093.001.0001
The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, c. 500 to 1050

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The book is an attempt to synthesize the results of several studies in archaeology, numismatics, history, and sigillography that have recently advanced our knowledge of early medieval Greece. Instead of a polar opposition between the Byzantine Empire and “barbarians” (Slavs or Bulgars), the history of early medieval Greece must be understood within a larger Balkan context shaped fundamentally by complex economic and social phenomena. An older tradition has seen the changes taking place in Greece between ca. 500 and ca. 1050 as the result of exclusively political factors, mainly related to the revival of Byzantine military power under the Macedonian dynasty and the desire to convert the Slavs to Christianity. Nevertheless, recent studies in the economic history of early medieval Europe suggest a different view. Moreover, archaeologists interested in long-term changes have long recognized that the explosion of settlement assemblages is not unique to Greece and that similar developments are archaeologically documented for other areas of the Balkans that were not under Byzantine rule at that time. More economically minded accounts of the so-called Middle Byzantine period have revealed the complex relation between trade and agriculture in the economic take-off of the Macedonian period. The book offers for the first time a synthetic view of the economic and social processes at work in early medieval Greece, but pays attention also to political and religious phenomena.

Keywords: Churches; mortuary archaeology; saints' lives; coins; seals; Slavs; ethnicity

Book.  376 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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Introduction in The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, c. 500 to 1050

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Dark-Age Greece (c. 620 to c. 800) in The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, c. 500 to 1050

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Revival and Expansion (C. 800 To C. 900) in The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, c. 500 to 1050

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The beginning of prosperity (c. 900 to c. 1050) in The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, c. 500 to 1050

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Early medieval Greece and the Middle Byzantine economy in The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, c. 500 to 1050

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Christianity in early medieval greece in The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, c. 500 to 1050

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