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The “Dark Ages”: 7th And 8th Century In Post-Roman Dalmatia II (Becoming Slavs)

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The different eco-cultural regions of western Illyricum showed the existence of different models of acculturation within the Mediterranean world in pre-Roman and Roman times, so that it is today impossible to believe that late antique Dalmatia was inhabited by a culturally uniform population - 'Romanised/semi-Romanised Illyrians' - as they were often referred to in the earlier scholarship. The evidence for cultural and trade contacts between the Dalmatian cities and Istria with the Byzantine Empire in this period is undisputable, and in addition, finds of mostly gold coinage confirm those links in the 7th and 8th centuries. The period of the 'Dark Ages' in Dalmatia, between the East Roman withdrawal in the 7th century and the Carolingian entrance and Byzantine recovery in the late 8th and early 9th centuries, were crucial times of transition.

Keywords: Byzantine Empire; Dark Ages; post-Roman Dalmatia



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