Ancient Antioch: From the Seleucid Era to the Islamic Conquest

Ancient Antioch: From the Seleucid Era to the Islamic Conquest

by Andrea U. De Giorgi

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From late fourth century BC Seleucid enclave to capital of the Roman east, Antioch on the Orontes was one of the greatest cities of antiquity and served as a hinge between east and west. This book draws on a century of archaeological fieldwork to offer a new narrative of Antioch's origins and growth, as well as its resilience, civic pride, and economic opportunism. Situating the urban nucleus in the context of the rural landscape, this book integrates hitherto divorced cultural basins, including the Amuq Valley and the Massif Calcaire. It also brings into focus the archaeological data, thus proposing a concrete interpretative framework that, grounded in the monuments of Antioch, enables the reader to move beyond text-based reconstructions of the city's history. Finally, it considers the interaction between the environment and the people of the city who shaped this region and forged a distinct identity within the broader Greco-Roman world.

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ISBN-13: 9781316545263
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 20 MB
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About the Author

Andrea U. De Giorgi is an assistant professor in the Department of Classics at Florida State University. De Giorgi is an experienced field archaeologist who has worked on ancient urbanism in Syria, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Cyprus and Turkey, and currently codirects the Cosa Excavations in Italy. He has received various accolades from the Thyssen Foundation, Loeb Foundation, Kress Foundation, the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), Berliner Antike-Kolleg, and the Whiting Foundation, among others.

Table of Contents

1. Archaeologists and the Sanjak; 2. Foundation and growth of the city; 3. The plain of Antioch and the Amuq Valley; 4. The highlands of Antioch; 5. The archaeology of the Western Antiochene: from the Orontes Delta to Daphne; 6. The people of Antioch.

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