Life and Society in Byzantine Cappadocia

Life and Society in Byzantine Cappadocia

By (author) J. Eric Cooper , By (author) Michael J. Decker


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Cappadocia, in central Turkey, is an unforgettable region. A land best known for its striking volcanic landscape pocked with underground cities and richly ornamented churches, Byzantine Cappadocia has long been considered a sparsely inhabited holy land of solitaries and monasteries. This is the first history of a vital area that elucidates key aspects of economy, faith and society along the frontier of the thousand-year Byzantine Empire. Drawing on extensive textual and archaeological evidence, this book reveals images of a dynamic landscape and a Christian society at whose apex lay a fluid body of aristocratic elites. The land over which they lorded was far more populous, diverse and economically vibrant than has been supposed and supported a caste of wealthy, intensely competitive landowners. The relics of settlements and beautifully decorated churches that they left behind obscure the frequent violence of frontier life, in which the landed aristocrats battled with one another, the Muslim Arabs, and even the emperor for power.

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  • Hardback | 360 pages
  • 144 x 218 x 26mm | 557.92g
  • 21 Aug 2012
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Basingstoke
  • English
  • 4 maps, 2 black & white halftones, 13 black & white illustrations
  • 0230361064
  • 9780230361065
  • 1,346,843

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MICHAEL DECKER Maroulis Professor of Byzantine History and Orthodox Religion at the University of South Florida, USA. He earned his DPhil from Oxford University and was Andrew Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow at Rice University in Houston. He has written extensively on Byzantine Syria and agrarian history of the Levant. J. ERIC COOPER earned his DPhil from Oxford University, UK. Since then, he has worked for several leading Wall Street firms before becoming the CEO of the consultancy firm Akrites, LLC. He has published in several fields and maintains an active interest in Byzantine history and archaeology.

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