Butrint 3: Excavations at the Triconch Palace [Hardback]

William Bowden (Editor); Richard Hodges (Editor)

ISBN: 9781842179802 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: Butrint Archaeological Monographs | Volume: 3 | Year of Publication: 2011 | Language: English 374p, c.425 b/w and 60 col illus

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Butrint 3


This engaging and well-illustrated volume describes the excavations of a large urban sector, the so-called Triconch Palace, of the Adriatic seaport of Butrint. In so doing it adds to the new paradigm for the development of Roman towns in the Mediterranean. The book traces the changing nature of this rich and varied area - from 2nd-century Roman townhouses, to a 4th-century elite domus, to a Mid Byzantine trading area to late medieval allotments - and reveals the rhythms of Butrint and its Mediterranean connections. This is accompanied by discussions of the elaborate mosaic decoration of the palatial phase and their articulation of elite living, as well as of in-depth discussions of the implications of elite and domestic architecture in late antiquity and the Mid Byzantine period.

Table of Contents

Preface (Richard Hodges)
Butrint: Gërmimet në Pallatin e Trikonkës (Nevila Molla)
1. Introduction (William Bowden and Richard Hodges)

The Excavations
2. The domus and the Triconch Palace (William Bowden, Karen Francis, Oliver Gilkes and Kosta Lako)
3. The 5th- to mid 7th-century occupation of the triconch area (William Bowden, Karen Francis, Oliver Gilkes and Kosta Lako)
4. The medieval occupation of the triconch area (William Bowden, Amy Culwick, Karen Francis, Oliver Gilkes, Kosta Lako and Jonathan Price)
5. The Merchant’s House and the city wall in the 5th-7th centuries (William Bowden, Ylli Cerova, Andrew Crowson, and Emanuele Vaccaro)
6. The medieval occupation of the Merchant’s House (William Bowden, Andrew Crowson, Matthew Logue and Alessandro Sebastiani)

Interpretation and Discussion
7. The mosaic pavements and painted walls of the domus (John Mitchell)
8. The domus and Triconch Palace as aristocratic residences (William Bowden)
9. Urban change and the Triconch Palace site in the 5th-7th centuries (William Bowden)
10. From Roman insula to medieval quarter (Richard Hodges)
11. Conclusion (Richard Hodges)

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