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Landscapes of Power

Selected Papers from the XV Oxford University Byzantine Society International Graduate Conference


Edited By Maximilian Lau, Caterina Franchi and Morgan Di Rodi

This volume contains selected papers from the XV International Graduate Conference, highlighting the latest scholarship from a new generation of Late Antique and Byzantine scholars from around the world. The theme of the conference explored the interaction between power and the natural and human environments of Byzantium, an interaction that is an essential part of the empire’s legacy. This legacy has come down to us through buildings, literature, history and more, and has proved enduring enough to intrigue and fascinate scholars centuries after the fall of Constantinople. From religion and trade at the end of Antiquity, imperial propaganda and diplomacy at the end of the first millennium, to culture and conquest under the Komnenian and Palaeologan dynasties – this volume demonstrates the length and breadth of the forays being made by young academics into the still often undiscovered country of the Late Antique and Byzantine world.
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A Cityscape of Change: From Byzantine to Frankish Corinth



This paper will investigate the urban landscape of Corinth from the 11th to the late 13th century. The aforementioned dates comprise a critical time period in the history of Corinth, characterised by the transition from Byzantine to Frankish rule. I aim to focus on the investigation of the spatial planning and the built environment of Corinth during this transitional period, the economic activities in the city, and the changes in the private life of its inhabitants as imprinted on the material residues, as well as the interaction between the Byzantines and the Franks. I will rely on the archaeological record and the literary sources for my interpretations. Firstly, the chronological and geographical framework will be presented, for a better understanding of the historical context. Subsequently, a description of the spatial planning of Corinth based on the excavated architectural remains will follow. In the last section, I will attempt to explore the transition from Byzantine to Frankish rule, using a domestic complex that dates from the 11th to the late 13th century as a case-study.

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