Change and Resilience: The Occupation of Mediterranean Islands in Late Antiquity [Paperback]

Miguel Ángel Cau Ontiveros(Editor); Catalina Mas Florit(Editor)

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ISBN: 9781789251807 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: Joukowsky Institute Publication | Volume: 9 | Year of Publication: 2019 | Language: English 256p, H9.25 x W6.25, 65 black and white photos & illustrations
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Change and Resilience


Change and Resilience offers a view of the main Mediterranean islands from West to East in Late Antiquity because Mediterranean islands can contribute in fundamental ways to our understanding not only of earlier colonizations but also later periods. The volume explores specifically the time frame from the fall of the Roman empire to the Medieval period.

A first group of papers covers islands and island groups in the Central and Western Mediterranean, including the Balearic Islands, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, and the Adriatic islands. Together, these five papers highlight several common themes across the region: local or indigenous sites were often reoccupied in Late Antiquity, the rural countryside typically played a significant role in the contributions of islands to wider Mediterranean economic networks, and islands – big and small – often played significant roles in shifting political and religious power.

The second group focuses on the Eastern Mediterranean. Three papers cover a range of islands, including Crete, the Cyclades, and Cyprus. Together they emphasize the impacts external shifts in political power and economic ties in the Eastern Mediterranean had on island landscapes, as well as the connected relationship between sacred space and territorial occupation across many of these islands.

The final group of papers pivots on changing perceptions of island landscapes in Late Antiquity—or “island mindscapes.” Three papers focus on how communities adapted as they underwent Christianization in island contexts, emphasizing the diverse and varied ways that island landscapes became “Christianized,” as well as how other political and economic factors shaped the dynamics of change.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Miguel Ángel Cau Ontiveros (ICREA, Universitat de Barcelona, and Brown University) and Catalina Mas Florit (Brown University)

Early Medieval Maritime Linkages: The Mediterranean and the Oceans Compared, David Abulafia (Cambridge University)

The Occupation of Mallorca (Balearic Islands, Spain) in Late Antiquity: Tracing Change and Resilience, Catalina Mas Florit (Brown University) and Miguel Ángel Cau Ontiveros (ICREA, Universitat de Barcelona, and Brown University)

Urban and Rural Settlements Patterns in Late Antique Corsica, Gabriele Castiglia (Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana) and Philippe Pergola (Université d’Aix-Marseille, LA3M – Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana)

Procopius’ Barbarikinoi and Gregorius Magnus’ Barbaricini: Mauri and Sardinians Between the 6th and 7th Century AD?, Pier Giorgio Spanu (Università degli Studi di Sassari)

Sicily from Late Antiquity to Early Middle Ages: Resilience and Disruption – Alessandra Molinari (Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata)

The Transformation of Adriatic islands from Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages – Miljenko Jurkovic (University of Zagreb)

Macro-economy, Micro-ecology and the Fate of Urbanized Landscape in Late Antique and Early Byzantine Crete, Enrico Zanini (Università degli Studi di Siena)

The Islands of the Southern Aegean from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages: The Archaeological Evidence, Natalia Poulou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

Economic Landscapes and Transformed Mindscapes in Cyprus from Roman Times to the Early Middle Ages, Athanasios Vionis (University of Cyprus) and Giorgos Papantoniou (University of Bonn)

The Christianization of Island Landscapes in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, Sam Turner (Newcastle University) and Jim Crow (University of Edinburgh)

Islands and Resilience: Christianization Processes in the Cyclades, Rebecca Sweetman (University of St. Andrews)

Crete, a Border at the Sea: Defensive Works and Landscape – Mindscape Changes (7th-8th Centuries), Christina Tsigonaki (University of Crete)

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