From Justinian to Branimir explores the social and political transformation of Dalmatia between c.500 and c.900 AD.
The collapse of Dalmatia in the early seventh century is traditionally ascribed to the Slav migrations. However, more recent scholarship has started to challenge this theory, looking instead for alternative explanations for the cultural and social changes that took place during this period. Drawing on both written and material sources, this study utilizes recent archaeological and historical research to provide a new historical narrative of this little-known period in the history of the Balkan peninsula.
This book will appeal to scholars and students interested in Byzantine and early medieval Europe, the Balkans and the Mediterranean. It is important reading for both historians and archaeologists.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Dalmatia in time and space
Chapter 2: "An Old Woman’s Summer": A glimpse into late antique Dalmatia
Chapter 3: "Winter is Coming": Signs of deeper social changes in sixth century Dalmatia
Chapter 4: The Collapse of Byzantine Dalmatia
Chapter 5: After the Apocalypse: Dalmatia after 620
Chapter 6: Clash of the Empires and the Treaty of Aachen (775-812)
Chapter 7: Tempora domini Brannimero
Danijel Džino is Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. His publications include Becoming Slav, Becoming Croat: Identity Transformations in Post-Roman Dalmatia (2010) and Illyricum in Roman Politics, 229BC-AD 68 (2010).