A Most Pleasant Scene and an Inexhaustible Resource Steps Towards a Byzantine Environmental History
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Schreg, Rainer et al.: A Most Pleasant Scene and an Inexhaustible Resource Steps Towards a Byzantine Environmental History: Interdisciplinary Conference November 17th and 18th 2011 in Mainz, edited by Henriette Baron and Falko Daim, Heidelberg: Propylaeum, 2018 (Byzanz zwischen Orient und Okzident, Vol. 6). https://doi.org/10.11588/propylaeum.447.662

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Published 11.12.2018.

The print publication was published in 2017 by Verl. d. Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums, Mainz, ISBN 978-3-88467-278-5.


Rainer Schreg et al.

A Most Pleasant Scene and an Inexhaustible Resource Steps Towards a Byzantine Environmental History

Interdisciplinary Conference November 17th and 18th 2011 in Mainz

Henriette Baron, Falko Daim (Eds.)
Byzanz zwischen Orient und Okzident

What do we know about the environments in which the Byzantine Empire unfolded in the eastern Mediterranean? How were they perceived and how did man and the environment mutually influence each other during the Byzantine millennium (AD 395-1453)? Which approaches have been tried up until now to understand these interactions? And what could a further environmental-historical research agenda look like?
These questions were the focus of an interdisciplinary conference that took place on 17 and 18 November 2011 in Mainz. The present conference volume brings together contributions from researchers who have approached these issues from very different perspectives. They focus on the explanatory power of traditional as well as »new« sources and the methods of Byzantine Studies and Byzantine archaeology for this hitherto little-explored sphere. In this way, we see how closely environmental history is interwoven with the classical topics of Byzantine research – be they of an economic, social or culture-historical nature.

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Table of Contents
Falko Daim
Henriette Baron
Introduction – Steps Towards an Environmental History of the Byzantine Empire
Rainer Schreg
Siedlungsökologie und Landnutzungsstrategien im byzantinischen Osten
Katie Green
Rural Byzantine Landscapes of the Eastern Mediterranean: New Approaches to Characterisation and Analysis
Marlia Mundell Mango
Responding to Byzantine Environments: Then and Now
Andrew G. Poulter
The Economy, the Countryside, Forts and Towns: The Early Byzantine Period on the Lower Danube during the 4th - 6th Centuries AD
Carolina Cupane
Wilde und gezähmte Natur. Beobachtungen zur Wahrnehmung von Natur und Landschaft in der byzantinischen Literatur
Stefan Albrecht
»Der Wald, ein Ort, der von Bäumen bestanden wird, der von Feuchtigkeit gedeiht, eine Anhäufung von Holz, ein Morast«
Paul Arthur
Environmental Archaeology and Byzantine Southern Italy
Anna Elena Reuter
Die byzantinische Kulturlandschaft – Kulturpflanzen als Indikatoren für byzantinische Mensch-Umwelt-Interaktionen
Henriette Baron
An Approach to Byzantine Environmental History: Human-Animal Interactions
J. Riley Snyder
Exploiting the Landscape: Quantifying the Material Resources Used in the Construction of the Long-distance Water Supply of Constantinople
Johannes Koder
Byzantinisches Mönchtum und Umwelt
Klaus-Peter Todt, Bernd Andreas Vest
Die Wahrnehmung von Klima, Wetter und Naturkatastrophen in Syrien in den literarischen Quellen des 6.-9. Jahrhunderts
Sigles Used