How to Cite

Böhlendorf-Arslan, Beate and Schick, Robert (Eds.): Transformations of City and Countryside in the Byzantine Period, Heidelberg: Propylaeum, 2021 (Byzanz zwischen Orient und Okzident, Volume 22).


ISBN 978-3-96929-024-8 (PDF)


The print publication was published in 2020 by Verl. d. Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums, ISBN 978-3-88467-338-6


Beate Böhlendorf-Arslan, Robert Schick (Eds.)

Transformations of City and Countryside in the Byzantine Period

The concept of »transformation« or simply »reshaping« contains the elements of what remains, the conservative, the kernel of what continues, as well as the elements of what changes, the innovative. In the framework of this publication of articles from a conference in 2016 on »Transformations of City and Countryside in the Byzantine Period«, we draw attention to this dichotomy and investigate the social dynamics behind changes in urban and rural life in the Byzantine period that can be detected by archaeology, history and art history.

The Byzantine Empire is an ideal subject for studying how social transformation proceeds, what triggers transformation, what factors underlie it and what the processes involved are. Who were the agents of transformation and how did they and their environment change? How flexible were the state or its citizens in handling external and internal pressures of innovation? In what manner and to what extent were the Byzantines able to preserve their identity and the internal cohesion of their empire in the course of these processes of adaptation?