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African Archaeological Review

, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 443–445 | Cite as

Susan T. Stevens and Jonathan P. Conant (Eds.): North Africa under Byzantium and Early Islam. (Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine symposia and colloquia)

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, DC, 2016, 322 pp., ISBN 9780884024088
  • Ralf Bockmann
Book Review

In this volume, Susan Stevens and Jonathan Conant have collected the papers held at the seventieth Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Studies Symposium, “Rome Re-Imagined: Byzantine and Early Islamic North Africa, ca. 500-800,” which they organized, held from April 27-29, 2012. First, this book is a long-awaited re-evaluation of an understudied period in North Africa. Only recently have Byzantine and Early Islamic North Africa come into focus again. After a long hiatus since Charles Diehl’s monograph on Byzantine North Africa (1896), Mohamed Ben Abbès (2004), Walter Kaegi (2010), and Jonathan Conant (2012) have done important work on this period in the last decade. From an archaeological perspective, it is mostly fortresses (Pringle 1981) and churches that have been studied. This work has been carried out most of all by Noël Duval, whose focus was not specifically on the Byzantine period, but also by Susan Stevens, who produced several of the few well-stratified archaeological examples of Late...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Deutsches Archäologisches Institut RomRomeItaly

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