Urban Space between the Roman Age and Late Antiquity
Continuity, Discontinuity and Changes
This book—the proceedings of a workshop held in February 2020 at the University of Regensburg (DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 2337 “Metropolität in der Vormoderne”) —investigates the substantial changes that can be perceived within the urban fabric and its surrounding territory in the transition period between the second century and the sixth century AD in several areas of the Mediterranean Basin that have remained unexplored until now.
The results of new excavations and case studies with an innovative and original approach give new insights into the development of the late antique city.
The multidisciplinary method and the comprehensive examination of the different topics offer a new focus on the spatial occupation of urban territories through time and geographic boundaries.
The metropolis of Aquileia is analyzed in two contributions focusing on the demographics of the periurban space and on waste management as a proxy for understanding the urban dynamics between the Roman imperial age and Late Antiquity. Moving East, light is shed on the renewed liveliness of some late antique cities (Petra Pia Iustiniana, Sebastopolis, Rodopolis) in the western Caucasus and at Halikarnassos on the South-West-Coast of Turkey. Also, the role of religious institutions which are responsible for the transformation of the cityscape (synagogues at Priene, Sardis, Andriake; monastic foundations in Cilicia) are examined. Finally, the analysis of religious architecture as a mark of the transformation of urban space in the Near East perfectly shows the conception of a new late antique urban aesthetic.