Antioch in the Sixth Century: Resilience or Vulnerability?

Lee Mordechai*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Sixth century Antioch is perhaps the best example of statecity resilience in Late Antiquity. Over the century, the city suffered multiple natural disasters, civil strife and external conflict. Scholars have generally accepted that the city declined as a result. This study integrates historical, archaeological and scientific data to illuminate the city’s fate. It concludes that Antioch demonstrated remarkable resilience at the city level throughout the 6th c. The most important factor was the continuous support the city received from the central government.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationEnvironment and Society in the Long Late Antiquity
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9789004392083
ISBN (Print)9789004383791
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes

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© 2019 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands.


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