By Chris Lightfoot

Even though much less popular than a few Anatolian websites, it really is Amorium's value as a big cost after the Roman interval that makes it so vital. The excavation programme's major objective has been to make clear the Byzantine cost that flourished the following till the eleventh century advert. This guidebook is an try and fill in a number of the gaps within the archaeology, and to carry town and its historical past again to lifestyles.

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Naturally, it does not belong in the city itself, and so it must have been brought to the site from one of the main roads that led to Amorium, probably in Byzantine times when such markers were no longer of relevance to travellers. The rest of the inscriptions are in Greek. Most are funerary and are written on tombstones that were later taken from the Fragment of a milestone of the emperor Philip the Arab (AD city’s extensive cemeteries to 244-249) and his wife Marcia help build the Byzantine fortiOctacilia.

56 Amorium Extensive ash layers from burning in the Lower City Enclosure (Dark Ages, early 9th century AD). celebrated in the calendar of the Orthodox Church – the Feast of the Forty-Two Martyrs of Amorium is on March 6. In addition to the human suffering, the capture of Amorium caused immense damage to the fabric of the city. As well the church mentioned above, many other buildings must have been burned down, while the rest of the city was apparently pillaged. Literary sources suggest that it was not only captives that the Arabs carried off from Amorium – valuables of all sorts were collected up as booty; these included books and some doors (presumably highly ornate In the 9th century AD Arab power was on the wane, while that of Byzantium was growing.

Amor›um dur›ng the Dark Ages With the loss of Egypt and Syria to the Arabs in the mid-7th century AD, Anatolia was left as the rump of the Byzantine Empire. Amorium benefitted dramatically from these changes, and as a result of its position on one of the major highways across Anatolia it assumed an even greater military and administrative role. From ca. AD 640 the city became the military headquarters of the Army of the Anatolics and, subsequently, the capital of the Anatolikon Theme, the largest and most important province in Byzantine Anatolia.

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