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Title: The interaction of secular public institutions and provincial communities in the political and economic spheres in late antiquity
Author: Dunn, Archibald
ISNI:       0000 0004 2688 7455
Awarding Body: The University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2006
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Studies of Byzantine regional history, including Macedonia's, have not normally engaged with overarching problems of economic history, yet regional case studies are essential to their exploration. Five avenues of enquiry are explored to create a framework for the discussion of the economic history of Late Antique Macedonia: (1) the pre-modern configuration of Aegean Macedonia's landscapes, the range of exploitations practised within them, and the fluctuating levels of their intensity; (2) the organization of the imperial and civic administration, and army, and the appearance and demise of their institutions; (3) stability, instability, and the response to invasion, migration and barbarian settlement; (4) the typology and distribution of four categories of Late Antique successors to the Greco-Roman towns and cities of the region; (5) five case-studies of distributions of categories of "successor settlement" relative to distributions of rural settlements or rural churches, to landscape-types, to landscape-archaeology, and to politico-administrative history. It is argued that only this interdisciplinary approach unlocks the economic, but also social and cultural, history of even a "core" province and region such as Macedonia. Trends and patterns observable under most headings are then corroborated or further elucidated within the framework of developments throughout Illyricum and Thrace. The implications of all these studies for Macedonia's economic history during Late Antiquity are then discussed within the framework of studies of other regions of Late Antique Greece.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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