The Archaeology of Roman Macedonia: Urban and Rural Environments [Paperback]

Vassilis Evangelidis (Author)

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ISBN: 9781789258011 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Publication: May 2022 | Language: English 224p, H240 x W170 (mm) B/w
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The Archaeology of Roman Macedonia


Macedonia is a region that provides its own intriguing questions due to its position on the fringe of the classical Greek world. It is also an area which is of special interest to students of history and archaeology of Roman period Greece since it was the first to be incorporated in the Roman state. Macedonia shared a similar path of development with Achaea during the imperial period. As provinces far from productive zones and frontiers, both played a minor role in the imperial administrative structure. Beneath this similarity, however, lie many differences: in Macedonia's proximity to the Balkans, its early contact with Rome, its relatively low level of urbanization, its multicultural context and its sizeable economy, which played their own role in the formation of the urban and rural environments.

With a focus on elements of the built environment and human habitat, this book examines old and new archaeological evidence to present a concise overview of the archaeology of the area and develop a better perception of the region in terms of archaeology of the built environment, architecture and architectural influences, urbanization and use of land and resources from the 2nd century BCE to the early 4th century CE. Driven by a set of key questions that are addressed through the archaeological evidence, the book explores key issues in understanding the archaeology of the area, like the role of architectural tradition and innovation, the interdependency between practical bases of architecture and socio cultural aspects, the exploitation of local resources, and the role of external influences. Special importance is given to the interaction of Greek, Roman and local cultures and the ways that the formation of the built environment eventually led to the assimilation of ideas from East and West in terms of workmanship, use of materials, design and function.

Table of Contents

Part I. A historical overview
Chapter 1: Macedonia in the context of Roman Empire
Part II. The archaeology of the area
Chapter 2: An overview of the archaeological research in the area: excavations, surveys and methods
Part III. The impact of Rome on urban and rural landscapes
Chapter 3: Urbanization: disruption and continuity
Chapter 4: Ownership and exploitation of land and natural resources: rural sites, mines and quarries
Part IV. Architecture and features of the built environment
Chapter 5: Intro: the archaeology of built environment
Chapter 6: Public spaces: agoras and fora
Chapter 7: Public and administrative buildings
Chapter 8: Religious buildings
Chapter 9: Buildings of spectacles
Chapter 10: Water related buildings
Chapter 11: Domestic architecture
Chapter 12: Villae and farms
Chapter 13: Fortifications and forts
Chapter 14: Burial grounds
Chapter 15. Roads and streets
Part V. Regional traits and characteristics
Chapter 16: Regional traits and characteristics

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