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By Chris Lightfoot

ISBN-10: 975829380X

ISBN-13: 9789758293803

Even if much less renowned than a few Anatolian websites, it truly is Amorium's importance as a tremendous payment after the Roman interval that makes it so vital. The excavation programme's major objective has been to make clear the Byzantine payment that flourished the following until eventually the eleventh century advert. This guidebook is an try to fill in a number of the gaps within the archaeology, and to deliver town and its historical past again to existence.

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44 Amorium Late Roman unguentaria fragments (6th-early 7th century AD). use by the army and imperial officials, it also brought merchants and other travellers to Amorium. Among these visitors pilgrims taking the overland route to the Holy Land formed a significant group and contributed not only to the fame but also to the wealth of the city. It is likely that Amorium became an important market-town in late antiquity with regular festivals and fairs that drew large numbers of people from the surrounding countryside.

38 Amorium The inscriptions found at Amorium give an insight into the varied social and economic status of the city’s inhabitants. Fragment of an inscribed block from a monumental tomb, set up by a man called Athenaios (Roman, first half of 3rd century AD). Amorium is now to be seen in the neighbouring village of A¤›lc›k that lies just to the south of the main road between Emirda¤ and Suvermez. The stone survives intact, securely built into the base of the minaret of the village mosque; it bears a Late Roman verse inscription in elegiac couplets – an epitaph for a bishop called Pientios, set up by his dutiful son, Eusebios.

For example, during his march across Asia Minor in 333 BC, Alexander the Great must have passed through or very close to Amorium as he led his army from Apameia (Dinar) to Gordion (Yass›höyük). Modern travellers trying to retrace Alexander’s route across Turkey have called in at Amorium and stayed with the excavation team. Roman Amor›um Inscription fragment from the Lower City (Roman, 2nd-early 3rd century AD) Visitors to Amorium often remark on its attractive name, and several have assumed, incorrectly, that it is associated with the Latin word for love, ‘amor’.

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