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The Contribution of Regional Survey to the Late Antiquity Debate: Greece in its Mediterranean Context

J. BINTLIFF

in The Transition to Late Antiquity, on the Danube and Beyond

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264027
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734908 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264027.003.0025

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Contribution of Regional Survey to the Late Antiquity Debate: Greece in its Mediterranean Context

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The fall of the Roman Empire remains a mystery. Archaeological and historical concerns today are less metaphysical and more intellectually challenging at the level of reconstructing the processes at work before, during and long after the official sack of Rome, and are as much focused on the succeeding transition to the medieval world as on the build-up to imperial decay and collapse. This chapter presents a grassroots case-study examination of the transformation of society in town and country in central Greece, founded on a regional survey project that has been running for 25 years. From the arrival of Roman control, through Late Antiquity and into the resurgence of strong state control emanating out of Byzantium in the eighth-nineth centuries AD, this chapter tries to set the patterns, provisional interpretations and questions which have arisen from the sequence in this region into wider debates around the Mediterranean concerning the contribution of regional archaeological surveys to the late antique-early medieval transition.

Keywords: Roman Empire; Greece; Late Antiquity; archaeological surveys; Byzantium; Mediterranean

Chapter.  6116 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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