Urbanitas. Changes in Cityscape and Urban Life ...

...in Late Antiquity and Early Byzantine Times. Assos in Context of Urban Centres in Western Asia Minor

‘And when he met us at Assos, we took him on board … (Acts 20:14)’.

In Roman and early Byzantine times, Assos was one of the larger cities in Western Asia Minor. As in the case of many other provincial towns, little is known about the development of the settlement. Although plenty of studies on late Antique and Byzantine cities have been published over the last years, comprehensive aspects of everyday life, such as house architecture, infrastructure and inventories of houses, as well as material supply for people, are left in the dark in most of the locations.

The late Antique and early Byzantine city of Assos provides ideal conditions for fundamental research, since it has not been built over in later times. Furthermore, excavations in Assos have not extended over a large area, unlike at other prominent sites, which means that the urban area is still available as an ‘untouched’ surface. The project ‘Development of the City of Assos in the Late Antique and Byzantine Period’, funded by the German Research Foundation, will now present the first approaches in this conference and discuss them in a broader context.

The conference will focus on regional studies on urban planning and the material artefact developments in the cities of Asia Minor from the fourth to the seventh century CE. Three core areas shall be examined: 1) urban history in late Antiquity and the early Byzantine period; 2) religious buildings in the urban context; and 3) material culture in context. A concluding discussion will serve to encompass the general patterns of daily life on the basis of different regional studies.

Organisation: Dr. Beate Böhlendorf-Arslan

Large antique building with early byzantine fitting (© Assos-Archiv Universität Çanakkale, Aykan Özener).

Large antique building with early byzantine fitting (© Assos-Archiv Universität Çanakkale, Aykan Özener).

18. November 2015, 04:30 PM
- 20. November 2015, 05:00 PM

RGZM | Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum
im Kurfürstlichen Schloss
Ernst-Ludwig-Platz 2
55116 Mainz



Opening on November 18th 2015 at

Museum of Ancient Seafaring

Registration is requested: boehlendorf@rgzm.de