Urban Space and Economic Life in Saint Paul’s Balkan Stops, 4th–7th Centuries

I won’t be anywhere near Hellenic College Holy Cross on December 3, but this lecture (from Brandie Rantliff via the Byzantine Studies Association) looks interesting.

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is pleased to announce the first talk in its 2013-2014 lecture series. On December 3, 2013, at 4pm, Dr. Eurydice Georganteli (Harvard University) will present “Changing Landscapes: Urban Space and Economic Life in Saint Paul’s Balkan Stops, 4th–7th Centuries.” Focusing on the sites St. Paul visited on the Balkan peninsula in 49 or 50 AD, Dr. Georganteli will trace the dramatic religious, political, and economic changes that occurred in the region across four centuries.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 4:00–5:30 pm
The Archbishop Iakovos Library, Reading Room
Hellenic College Holy Cross
50 Goddard Avenue
Brookline, MA 02445

When St Paul and his companions Silas, Timothy and Luke, disembarked at the busy port of Neapolis the year was 49 or 50 AD, and the area had been a Roman province since 167 BC and the consolidation of Roman power in the Antigonid kingdom of Macedonia. St Paul’s crossing from Asia to Europe and his travels across Roman Greece changed forever the local society, culture and the urban landscape in which that society lived and died. This lecture explores the changing face of St Paul’s Balkan stops from the fourth through the seventh century, a period of profound political, administrative, economic and religious changes. The rise of Philippi and Amphipolis as major pilgrimage destinations, Thessaloniki’s urban continuity and architectural splendor, and the dwindling fortunes of the old and established cities of Athens and Corinth, are some of the subjects which will be discussed in the light of written sources, topographical analysis and the latest archaeological discoveries.

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