Professor Foss has been a leading figure in pointing out to Byzantinists the necessity of taking archaeological evidence into account when making any historical reconstruction. These studies have as their purpose, in large part, such an evaluation of the archaeological data, including the evidence of coin finds, weighing it against and combining it with the information gathered from written sources. They demonstrate the vital importance of such material for some of the central issues of Byzantine history, notably the question to what extent did towns and cities, the centres of civilised life in the classical world, perpetuate this into the Byzantine period. As Foss shows, the physical record makes it plain that the structures inherited from Roman times fell into decay, and that the land took on a new medieval aspect of fortresses and villages. The first articles in this volume deal specifically with this transformation in the Byzantine heartlands of Asia Minor, and attribute a key role to the destructive Persian invasions of the 7th century. The following pieces, based extensively on the results of survey work, explore how the patterns of settlement evolved in particular areas, from the Roman up into the Turkish periods.
Contents: Introduction; The Persians in Asia Minor and the end of Antiquity; Archaeology and the 'Twenty cities' of Byzantine Asia; Stephanus, proconsul of Asia, and related statues; Two inscriptions attributed to the 7th century AD; St Autonomous and his church in Bithynia; Late antique and Byzantine Ankara; Bryonianus Lollianus of Side; Attius Philippus and the walls of Side; Explorations in Mount Tmolus; A neighbor of Sardis: the city of Tmolus and its successors; Sites and strongholds of Northern Lydia; Strobilos and related sites; Supplementary notes and corrections; Index.
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