The archaeology of everyday life is a relatively under-explored aspect of the Byzantine world, and often takes a back-seat to the more visible aspects of Byzantine history, such as works of art and ecclesiastical architecture. This book seeks to redress the imbalance by focusing on some of the available evidence for the 'everyday' in Byzantine houses and towns: the archaeology of secular domestic structures. Several papers bring together and reinterpret much of what is known of Byzantine housing, from Italy and Greece to North Africa and the East Mediterranean rim, in the fifth to fifteenth centuries. Other topics include a review of the rich archaeological data for domestic and commercial activities from the Byzantine shops at Sardis; a re-examination of the of the relationship between domestic artefacts and religious identity in Early Byzantine Israel; and a reinterpretation of the most extensively studied (and grandest) of all Byzantine houses: the Great Palace of the Byzantine Emperors at Constantinople.
Table of Contents
The heart of the Empire: The Great Palace of the Byzantine Emperors reconsidered (Jan Kostenec); Early Byzantine Housing (Simon Elis); Middle and Late Byzantine houses in Greece (tenth to fifteenth centuries) (Lefteris Sigalos); Shops, retailing and the local economy in the Early Byzantine world: The example of Sardis (Anthea Harris); Everyday artefacts as indicators of religious belief in Byzantine Palestina (Eliya Ribak).
Ken Dark is Director of the Research Centre for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies at the University of Reading. He is the author of numerous books, including Civitas to Kingdom: British Political Continuity 300-800 (Continuum 1999), Britain and the End of the Roman Empire (Tempus 2000), The Waves of Time: Long Term Change and International Relations (Continuum 2000), and Byzantine Pottery (Tempus 2001). He is also an editor of Introduction to International Relations (Manchester University Press 2002).