Charles Stewart, St. Thomas University: "When Salamis Became Constantia: Reconstructing a Byzantine Capital City"
Mon, April 26, 2010 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM • Blanton Museum of Art, Capitol Classroom
What is the difference between a classical and a Byzantine city? Across the Mediterranean archaeology uncovered how some large “open” classical cities became smaller “closed” fortified towns. This development happened at different times within different regions, especially within the eastern Roman Empire. For instance, the capital of Cyprus, Salamis-Constantia, experienced this change in the year 650 with the first Arabic settlements. It was once believed that this ushered in a “Dark Age” for the island. However, recent studies have shown that with dramatic change came innovations in architectural design. In this presentation, the development of Salamis-Constantia will be discussed, focusing on how cultural and societal upheaval is reflected in Late Antique urban planning.