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Transitions under Rome, Byzantium, Islam and the Crusades

The second in a series of three lectures on ‘Re-excavating Jerusalem: archival archaeology’, delivered on 7 December 2016 (venue: The British Academy).

Speaker: Dr Kay Prag, The University of Manchester

Chaired by: Professor John Healey FBA, The University of Manchester

The Roman destruction in AD 70 and Hadrian’s re-modelling of the city for Aelia Capitolina in the second century AD was on a truly immense scale and changed the layout of the city for the following millennia. The story of Jerusalem is remarkable for the number of other such periods of transition; the impact of cultural change, of opposing political and religious ideologies are given vibrant testimony in the archaeological record. This most studied of cities offers endless challenges to the understanding of change.

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