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The Transition to Late Antiquity, on the Danube and Beyond$
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Andrew Poulter

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264027

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264027.001.0001

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The Transition to Late Antiquity

The Transition to Late Antiquity

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(p.1) 1 The Transition to Late Antiquity
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The Transition to Late Antiquity, on the Danube and Beyond
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A. G. POULTER

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264027.003.0001

In recent years, there has been a revival of interest in Late Antiquity and especially in observing — and trying to account for — the changes and evolutions which separate the Roman world from the early medieval successor states in the West, and the Byzantine Empire in the East. Most historians, once mistrustful of archaeology's potential role, now accept that this relatively new discipline can contribute substantially to the study of the ancient past. However, archaeology, like history, is constrained by its own limitations: excavation can provide no answers to questions not rooted in the data it extracts from the ground. This chapter, and the chapters which follow, cover a wide spectrum of issues, going beyond the problem of continuity or collapse on the lower Danube. Modern research programmes operating within the region and further afield, both in the northern Balkans and in Asia Minor, are analyzed. Cities and urbanism in the Roman Empire are discussed.

Keywords:   Late Antiquity, history, archaeology, Roman Empire, lower Danube, Balkans, Asia Minor, cities, urbanism, Byzantine Empire

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