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Title: The Representation of Narbonne in Late Antiquity : 410 - 720
Author: Riess, Frank Trevor
ISNI:       0000 0004 2748 1326
Awarding Body: Birkbeck (University of London)
Current Institution: Birkbeck (University of London)
Date of Award: 2009
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The thesis outlines a systematic approach for the study of Narbonne. Chapter one presents a methodological analysis for an understanding of the city in Late Antiquity, formulating a tripartite distinction of territorial space on different planes of meaning: nature, containing references to geography and geology; custom, that incorporates meanings derived from archaeology, production and exchange; finally authority, that addresses educated texts of law, religion and power. This categorization is developed in chapters two to six. Chapter two examines the natural, geological evolution of Narbonne, together with the foundational descriptions of the city from Orosius, Hydatius, Olympiodorus and Philostorgius. Chapter three views the transformation of Narbonne from a city in a province of the Roman Empire to another context in a barbarian successor state. The chapter also sets out the part played by the port of Narbonne at the turn of the fourth century in the residence and travels of ascetics and Christian figures like Paulinus of Nola and Sulpicius Severus. Chapter four describes the topography of Narbonne in the fifth and sixth centuries, and the role of early Christianity, ending with a critical assessment of the archaeological research for the period. It also examines late antique archetypal narratives of the city. Chapters five and six assess the current historiography of Narbonne’s place in the development of the Visigothic kingdom, and argue for a new approach to the representation ofNarbonne in the sixth and seventh centuries. The thesis concludes that Narbonne was a regional centre for a territory that had its roots in the post-Roman settlement established in the Ostrogothic Interlude after 507, which eventually drew the city closer to the Merovingian kingdoms in the seventh century, away from any imagined unity with the Visigothic kingdom of Toledo.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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