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Recent publications on urbanism and the rural environment in Late Antiquity, most of which explore a single region or narrow chronological niche, have emphasized either textual or archeological evidence. None has attempted the more ambitious task of bringing together the full range of such evidence within a multiregional perspective and around common themes. Urban Centers and Rural Contexts seeks to redress this omission. 
      While ancient literature and the physical remains of cities attest to the power that urban values held over the lives of their inhabitants, the rural areas in which the majority of imperial citizens lived have not been well served by the historical record. Only recently have archeological excavations and integrated field surveys sufficiently enhanced our knowledge of the rural contexts to demonstrate the continuing interdependence of urban centers and rural communities in Late Antiquity. These new data call into question the conventional view that this interdependence progressively declined as a result of governmental crises, invasions, economic dislocation, and the success of Christianization. 
     The essays in this volume require us to abandon the search for a single model of urban and rural change; to reevaluate the cities and towns of the Empire as centers of habitation, rather than archeological museums; and to reconsider the evidence of continuous and pervasive cultural change across the countryside. Deploying a wide range of material as well as literary evidence, the authors provide access not only into the world of élites, but also to the scarcely known lives of those without a voice in the literature, those men and women who worked in the shops, labored in the fields, and humbled themselves before their gods. They bring us closer to the complexity of life in late ancient communities and, in consequence, closer to both urban and rural citizens.
 

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Editors and Contributors
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xxvii
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  1. Urban Centers
  2. p. 1
  1. Difficillima tempora: Urban Life, Inscriptions, and Mentality in Late Antique Rome
  2. pp. 3-24
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  1. Autun and the Civitas Aeduorum: Maintaining and Transforming a Regional Identity in Late Antiquity
  2. pp. 25-46
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  1. Alexandria and the Mareotis Region
  2. pp. 47-62
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  1. The Case of Late Antique Berytus: Urban Wealth and Rural Sustenance - A Different Economic Dynamic
  2. pp. 63-76
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  1. Urban Space in Caesarea Maritima
  2. pp. 77-110
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  1. Byzantine Petra—A Reassessment
  2. pp. 111-131
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  1. Town and Country
  2. p. 133
  1. Women and Horses and Power and War
  2. pp. 135-146
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  1. The Interdependence of Town and Country in Late Antique Spain
  2. pp. 147-162
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  1. Towns, Vici andvillae: Late Roman Military Society on the Frontiers of the Province Valeria
  2. pp. 163-184
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  1. Archaeological Perspectives on Rural Settlement in Late Antiquity in the Rhine and Danube Area
  2. pp. 185-198
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  1. Peasants as “Makeshift Soldiers for the Occasion”: Sixth-Century Settlement Patterns in the Balkans
  2. pp. 199-217
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  1. Town and Countryside in Roman Arabia during Late Antiquity
  2. pp. 219-240
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  1. Rural Society and Economy in Late Roman Cyprus
  2. pp. 240-262
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  1. Christianization
  2. p. 263
  1. Pastoral Care: Town and Country in Late-Antique Preaching
  2. pp. 265-284
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  1. The Continuity of Paganism between the Cities and Countryside of Late Roman Africa
  2. pp. 285-300
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  1. From Pagan to Christian in Cites of Roman Anatolia during the Fourth and Fifth Centuries
  2. pp. 301-322
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  1. “… Nec sedere in villam”: Villa Churches, Rural Piety and the Priscillianist Controversy
  2. pp. 323-348
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  1. Christianizing the Syrian Countryside: An Archaeological and Architectural Approach
  2. pp. 349-379
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780870138980
Related ISBN
9780870135859
MARC Record
OCLC
298060471
Pages
365
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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