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The Archaeology of Byzantine AnatoliaFrom the End of Late Antiquity until the Coming of the Turks$
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Philipp Niewohner

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190610463

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190610463.001.0001

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Historical Geography

Historical Geography

(p.9) Chapter One Historical Geography
The Archaeology of Byzantine Anatolia

Johannes Koder

Oxford University Press

This chapter serves as an introduction to the history and geography of Byzantine Anatolia and to the most important written sources. The chapter considers secular, ecclesiastical, and military administration and describes how, when, and why the late antique provinces were replaced by Byzantine themes during the Invasion Period. An overview of the geographical setting is divided into western, central, and eastern Anatolia. Techniques for estimating population density are explored, and a statistical table provides data on the number of poleis and land area in each eparchia. A section on settlement development and economy addresses relations between urbanism, ruralization, and the development of agriculture and demography.

Keywords:   Written sources, Administration, Cities, Bishops, Provinces, Themes, Mountains, Rivers, Economy, Agriculture, Demography

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