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Amorium: A Byzantine City in Anatolia - An Archaeological by Chris Lightfoot

By Chris Lightfoot

Even supposing much less renowned than a few Anatolian websites, it's Amorium's importance as a tremendous payment after the Roman interval that makes it so very important. The excavation programme's major goal has been to make clear the Byzantine cost that flourished the following till the eleventh century advert. This guidebook is an try and fill in the various gaps within the archaeology, and to carry town and its heritage again to lifestyles.

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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. Epitaph of bishop Pientios, now at A¤›lc›k but probably from Amorium (Late Roman, 4th-5th century AD). 39 History and Archaeology Little Roman sculpture has been recovered from the site.

Fications of Amorium. However, two fragments of an inscribed architrave, found in the narthex of the Lower City church, belong to a public monument and refer to an emperor who can be identified as either Tiberius (AD 14-37) or Claudius (AD 41-54). In 2004 a large inscribed block was found re-used in the foundations of a Byzantine wall. Although fragmentary, part of all nine lines of the inscription is preserved, indicating that the block served as a tomb marker, set up by a man named in large letters at the top as Athena[ios].

It would appear that the local population retained no memory of the ancient name, so that by the 16th century the site is recorded in official documents under the name of Traditional bread baking at Hisarc›k. By then the area Hisarköy in 1997. had come under Ottoman control, and the excavations have shown that a small Turkish settlement, centred on the Upper City mound, persisted there well into the 18th century. However, this too disappeared, since the present-day village of Hisarköy was only established in 1892 when refugees from the Balkans were settled there.

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