Greek Cities in Transition: Mortuary Practices and Sociocultural Change in Roman Patras and Thessaloniki

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When the Romans expanded their territory eastward over the course of the 2nd and 1st centuries BCE, major disruptions took place in the local communities of Greece. Formerly independent poleis became part of Roman provinces and were subjected to Roman rule, or were even designated to serve as colonies for Roman settlers. At the same time, Greece’s incorporation into the Roman Empire also led to an intensification of connectivity and trade. The extant archaeological record shows that this was especially true for Greek harbour cities in the 1st to 3rd centuries CE, now serving as important trade hubs between the western and eastern Roman Empire. In this paper, we focus on two of these harbours: Patras and Thessaloniki. The former is a Roman colony on the west coast, the latter a provincial capital in the northeast; both were prosperous cities that saw locals and foreigners arrive and depart from their shores on a daily basis. Our research has shown that we can detect significant transformations in the two local mortuary records. By comparing shifts in mortuary practices and funerary commemoration in Patras and Thessaloniki, we aim to show that while the major political and economic developments may have been similar, local processes of sociocultural development were significantly different.
EvenementstitelDeath in Transition: New archaeological perspectives on burial practices and societal change
LocatieStockholm, SwedenToon op kaart
Mate van erkenningInternational