Changing Landscapes: Urban Space and Economic Life in Saint Paul’s Balkan Stops, 4th-7th Centuries

Basilica B, Philippi, Greece.

Date: Dec 3, 2013 Time: 4:00 PM–6:00 PM Location: Hellenic College Holy Cross Building: Archbishop Iakovos Library Reading Room Address: 50 Goddard Ave Brookline, MA 02445-7415

Following St. Paul's route through the Balkans, Dr. Eurydice Georganteli, Marie Curie International Fellow in Byzantine Archaeology, Harvard Univeristy, reveals the profound political, administrative, economic, and religious changes experienced in the region from the fourth–seventh centuries.

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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