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Architecture And Church Power In Late Antiquity: Canosa And San Giusto (Apulia)

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This chapter summarizes the results of almost a decade of research carried out in Apulia by an archaeological team under the author's direction. It focuses on two excavations in particular: one is in Canosa, where occupation has continued without any interruption up to the present day, and which, therefore, represents an example of urban archaeology; the other is the rural site of San Giusto, the territory of Lucera. Both cases represent clear evidence of the Christianising policy promoted by the Church in the cities and countryside, especially during the 5th and 6th centuries A.D., which led to a new definition of urban and rural landscapes. The excavations also reveal how these new visible expressions of the architecture of power helped to transform the urban and rural landscapes during the delicate and problematic transition between Antiquity and the Middle Ages.

Keywords: Apulia; Canosa; Church power; excavated archaeological site; Late Antiquity; San Giusto



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