Community, church, and conversion in the prefecture of Illyricum and the Cyclades
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This chapter surveys, through a series of case studies, the material aspects of early Christianity in provinces in the dioceses of Macedonia and Asia (Achaea, Thessalia, Macedonia Prima, Macedonia Secunda, Creta, and the Cyclades now in modern Greece). While many of the urban spaces see some topographic changes in the fourth and fifth centuries, the biggest impact on both urban and rural environments is the construction of a diverse range of Late Antique churches. Church construction begins earlier in Macedonia and the islands than in the rest of mainland Greece, which reflects more diverse network connections in these areas. Within specific topographic regions (e.g., Crete, the Peloponnese), network connections play a role in the choice of church location, but the analysis of the spread of churches clearly indicates a steady process of religious conversion. The archaeology and topography of early Christian churches therefore provides a significant contribution to understanding processes of Christianization.
Sweetman , R J 2019 , Community, church, and conversion in the prefecture of Illyricum and the Cyclades . in W R Caraher , T W Davis & D K Pettegrew (eds) , The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Archaeology . Oxford University Press , Oxford . https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199369041.013.27
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