The Routledge handbook of the Byzantine city : from Justinian to Mehmet II (ca. 500 - ca.1500) / edited by Nikolas Bakirtzis and Luca Zavagno.

  • Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2024.
  • ©2024
1 online resource (xxiii, 483 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color), maps.


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Biographical/​Historical note
Nikolas Bakirtzis is an Associate Professor at The Cyprus Institute in Nicosia, Cyprus. His research focuses on Byzantine monasticism, medieval cities and fortifications, and the island landscapes of the Byzantine, medieval, and early modern Mediterranean. As the Director of the Andreas Pittas Art Characterization Labs, he leads research on the materiality of medieval and early modern art enhanced through the use of advanced digital and analytical methods. His work has received support from the European Commission, the Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation, the Princeton Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, the A.G. Leventis Foundation, and the Getty Research Institute. Luca Zavagno is an Associate Professor of Byzantine Studies at Bilkent University, Turkey. He is the author of many articles and books on the early medieval and Byzantine Mediterranean. His research focuses on Byzantine urbanism and medieval Mediterranean insularity. He has been awarded the Dumbarton Oaks Summer Fellowship twice (in 2011 and 2016) as well as the prestigious Stanley Seeger Fellowship of the Hellenic Studies Center at Princeton University (2012), the Newton Mobility Grant (2018), and he has been twice a fellowship at Center for Advanced Studies 'Migration and Mobility in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages' at the University of Tubingen, Germany (2022 and 2023).
Summary note
"The Byzantine world contained many important cities throughout its empire. Although it was not 'urban' in the sense of the word today, its cities played a far more fundamental role than those of its European neighbours. This book, through a collection of twenty-four essays, discusses aspects of, and different approaches to, Byzantine urbanism from the early to late Byzantine periods. It provides both a chronological and thematic perspective to the study of Byzantine cities, bringing together literary, documentary, and archival sources with archaeological results, material culture, art and architecture resulting in a rich synthesis of the variety of regional and sub-regional transformations of Byzantine urban landscapes. Organized into four sections, this book covers: Theory and Historiography, Geography and Economy, Architecture and the Built Environment, and Daily Life and Material Culture. It includes more specialized accounts that address the centripetal role of Constantinople and its broader influence across the empire. Such new perspectives help to challenge the historiographical balance between 'margins and metropolis,' and also to include geographical areas often regarded as peripheral, like the coastal urban centers of the Byzantine Mediterranean as well as cities on islands, such as Crete, Cyprus, and Sicily which have more recently yielded well-excavated and stratigraphically-sound urban sites. The Routledge Handbook of the Byzantine City provides both an overview and detailed study of the Byzantine city to specialist scholars, students, and enthusiasts alike, and therefore will appeal to all those interested in Byzantine urbanism and society, as well as those studying medieval society in general"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Source of description
Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on January 29, 2024).
  • The city and its Historiography in Byzantium / Luca Zavagno
  • Theorizing Byzantine Urbanity. The City Constituting Memory, Memory Constituting the City / Myrto Veikou
  • The Byzantine City in the Literary Source / Helen Saradi
  • Methodologies for Byzantine Urban Studies / Michael Decker
  • Spatial Organization in Late Byzantine Cities (13th-14th centuries) / Tonia Kiousopoulou
  • Cities on the Black Sea and the Circumpontic Exchange (c. 500-c. 700) / Andrei Gandila
  • The Byzantine 'City' in Asia Minor / Ufuk Serin
  • Insular Urbanism in Byzantium / Luca Zavagno
  • The City in the Byzantine 'Italies' / Enrico Cirelli
  • Urbanism in Syria and Palestine between the 7th and 9th centuries / Ian Randall
  • Domes in the Urban Skyline: the Case of Sts. Sergius and Bacchus and its transformation through time / Nikolaos Karydes
  • Fortifications and the Making of Byzantine City / Nikolas Bakirtzis
  • Monumentality and the Byzantine City / Maria Cristina Carile
  • Maintained, Stored, and Protected: Water and the Byzantine City / Elisabetta Giorgi
  • Islamic City, Ottoman City: Byzantine Prousa to Ottoman Bursa / Suna Çağaptay
  • Two Views of Ports and Maritime Communities in the Byzantine Mediterranean: Constantinople and Amalfi / Matthew Harpster and Michael Jones
  • Alexandria after Antiquity: A City in Transition / Athanasios Koutoupas
  • The Arts of the Byzantine City / Ioli Kalavrezou
  • On Early Byzantine Images of Poleis. Meanings and Messages / Jenny P. Albani
  • The Consumptive Capital: Commercial Activities and Ceramic Finds at Constantinople (ca. 500-1000) / Joanita Vroom
  • Pera Ianuensium pulcherrima civitas est. Creating a Genoese Identity on the Golden Horn (1261-1453) / Mabi Angar
Other title(s)
  • Handbook of the Byzantine city
  • Justinian to Mehmet II (ca. 500 - ca.1500)
  • 9780429203923 (electronic book)
  • 0429203926 (electronic book)
  • 0429512325 (electronic book)
  • 9780429515750 (electronic book)
  • 0429515758 (electronic book)
  • 9780429512322 ((electronic bk.))
  • 10.4324/9780429203923
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