By Alison Frantz
This ebook collects for the 1st time the archaeological and ancient proof for the world of the Athenian Agora in past due Antiquity, a interval which spans the final flourishing of the nice philosophical colleges, the defeat of classical paganism by means of Christianity, and the cave in of the overdue Roman Empire. even though the first concentration of this quantity is the cloth exposed via the Agora excavations, the learn additionally takes under consideration earlier and present discoveries in other places within the urban. the writer attracts on archaeological, epigraphical, and literary proof to give a finished account of the background and topography of town within the years sooner than A.D. seven hundred. The process Athenian development and destruction is traced from the mid-3rd century, during the Herulian invasion, to the interval of restoration within the third and 4th centuries (ending with the invasion of the Visigoth, Alaric, in A.D. 396). The fifth century is defined, which observed the remaining of the colleges of philosophy by way of Justinian and the 1st Christian church buildings, and the sluggish decline of town till the Slavic invasion of the 580s, while Athens all started an sped up slide into oblivion. specified awareness is paid to questions surrounding the heritage of the philosophical and rhetorical faculties, the institution of Christianity, and the removing of artworks from Athens to Constantinople.