The Byzantine Neighbourhood contributes to a new narrative regarding Byzantine cities through the adoption of a neighbourhood perspective. It offers a multi-disciplinary investigation of the spatial and social practices that produced Byzantine concepts of neighbourhood and afforded dynamic interactions between different actors, elite and non-elite. Authors further consider neighbourhoods as political entities, examining how varieties of collectivity formed in Byzantine neighbourhoods translated into political action. By both acknowledging the unique position of Constantinople, and giving serious attention to the varieties of provincial experience, the contributors consider regional factors (social, economic, and political) that formed the ties of local communities to the state and illuminate the mechanisms of empire. Beyond its Byzantine focus, this volume contributes to broader discussions of premodern urbanism by drawing attention to the spatial dimension of social life and highlighting the involvement of multiple agents in city-making.

chapter |22 pages


A neighbourhood perspective on Byzantine cities
ByBenjamin Anderson, Fotini Kondyli

part I|47 pages

Defining Byzantine neighbourhoods

chapter 1|19 pages

The view from Byzantine texts

ByAlbrecht Berger

chapter 2|26 pages

The view from Byzantine archaeology

ByFotini Kondyli

part II|81 pages

Byzantine neighbourhoods as social spaces

chapter 3|24 pages

Who is the person living next door? Neighbourly relations in early Byzantine Assos

ByBeate Böhlendorf-Arslan

chapter 4|28 pages

Urban space and collective action in Late Antique Arsinoë

ByAmy Papalexandrou, William Caraher, R. Scott Moore

chapter 5|27 pages

Water and social relationships in early Byzantine neighbourhoods

ByJordan Pickett

part III|106 pages

Byzantine neighbourhoods as political agents

chapter 6|20 pages

The Oxeia

A neighbourhood biography
ByBenjamin Anderson

chapter 7|39 pages

Gortyn, Eleutherna, and their neighbourhoods

The politics of transformation (fourth to early ninth centuries)
ByChristina Tsigonaki

chapter 8|31 pages

A tale of two cities

Thebes and Chalcis in a world of change (ninth to fifteenth centuries) 1
ByNikos D. Kontogiannis