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The Shops Of Scythopolis In Context

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The shops of Scythopolis are contemporary with the initial layout of the Roman city. Similarly to other Roman cities in the East, the major streets of Scythopolis were colonnaded with rows of shops on both sides. The owners of the shops, and their religious and cultural background, changed during the Roman, Byzantine and Early Islamic periods, but they still used the same buildings and probably sold similar products from one period to another. Sometimes it is possible to determine the function of certain shops. Among these were the shops of a coppersmith, a blacksmith, and a goldsmith, and shops for selling glass, pottery, building materials, and even souvenirs. This chapter discusses some aspects of the commercial activities that took place in the shops of Scythopolis in Late Antiquity.

Keywords: Byzantine period; Early Islamic period; goldsmith; Late Antiquity; Roman city; Scythopolis



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