Epirus Vitus: The Archaeology of Late Antiquity (Hardback)
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Short Description for Epirus Vitus The land that formed the late-antique province of Epirus Vetus now straddles the border between Albania and Greece. This book reassesses the archaeological evidence from the 4th to the 7th century AD, when the area changed from a Roman province to a distant region beyond the limits of the empire.
- Published: 01 October 2003
- Format: Hardback 256 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780715631164 ISBN 10: 0715631160
Full description for Epirus Vitus
The land that once formed the late-antique province of Epirus Vetus now straddles the border between Albania and Greece, a volatile area whose history since the Second World War has meant that modern political boundaries rather than those of antiquity have defined study of the ancient province. This book reassesses the archaeological evidence from the fourth to the seventh century AD, when the area changed from a Roman province to a distant region beyond the limits of the empire, using the data to construct a model of the changing social structures that underlay this important transition. The analysis reveals that these changes were not gradual transformations but rather a series of sharply defined discontinuities, and suggests that these processes resulted in a more fragmented society, in which groups coalesced around individuals rather than concepts of town or state. The book also examines the controversial issue of Slavic settlement in the area in the immediate post-Roman period, a subject that even today remains dominated by the questions of nationalism and ethnic identity that have recently had such tragic consequences in the Balkans.