The Dodecanese and the Eastern Aegean Islands in Late Antiquity, AD 300-700 is a regional study of the history, archaeology, and religious profile of the Late Antique Dodecanese (the islands of the south-eastern Aegean, centered on Rhodes), exploring how the spread of Christianity altered these communities and how the prosperity of the eastern Roman Empire, and the new capital in Constantinople, affected their life. Incorporating comparative evidence from the rest of the Aegean islands and both the Greek and Turkish mainlands, the volume analyzes material from the whole area as part of a wider system of social and economic relations, political history, and culture.
Accompanied by an extensive archaeological gazetteer, it presents the administrative and political history of the islands and considers the written and archaeological evidence for the monotheistic communities of the eastern Aegean, offering a closer examination of the late history of pagan temples and the transition to Christianity. It discusses the settlement and economic history of the islands, focusing on the urban history of Rhodes and Kos, but also on the numerous key non-urban sites from the rest of the islands, in particular the extended ruins of a barely known site located in the small island of Saria, north of Karpathos. The final chapter addresses the seventh centurywhich saw the destruction of so much of what had been built up in the fourth to sixth centurieswhen the islands' societies acquired a new role for the State as naval outposts, functioning as a border zone in the course of the Arab-Byzantine wars.
About the Author
Georgios Deligiannakis is Assistant Professor in Roman and Late Roman Studies at the Open University of Cyprus.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Abbreviations
1. Introduction and Description of Aims
2. The Administrative and Political History of the Province of the Islands
3. Christian and Jewish Communities in the Eastern Aegean
4. Late Paganism on the Aegean Islands and the Transition to a Christian World
5. The Late Antique Archaeology of the Dodecanese
6. The Economy of the Dodecanese and its Role in Maritime Exchange During the Fifth and Sixth Centuries
7. The Seventh Century
8. Conclusions: Towards a History of the Dodecanese in Late Antiquity