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Poleogenesis of Split at the turn of late antiquity and the early middle ages


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Basić, Ivan. (2013). Poleogenesis of Split at the turn of late antiquity and the early middle ages. PhD Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Art History
Department of History. [mentor Jurković, Miljenko and Nikolić Jakus, Zrinka].

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The nucleus of Split, Diocletian's palace, is the best preserved and meticulously investigated Roman architectural structure on the eastern coast of the Adriatic. Its medieval Romanesque transformation is, as well, superbly preserved and exemplary studied sample of a medieval urban ensemble in this area. Between these two phases, individual stages in the process of transformation of the imperial palace and its surroundings into the earliest medieval urban complex have predominantly been on the fringes of scientific interest, as in the case of Split, so in the case of other Dalmatian cities of Early Medieval origin. As a result, more comprehensive interdisciplinary studies devoted to the phenomenon of poleogenesis (in terms of its definition as a development of a settlement structure beginning with its inception and ending with its acquisition of all relevant urban attributes) are in the whole lacking. That is why the objective of proposed research is focused on the definition of phases in the gradual acquisition of urban attributes seen as a result of different transformations of space that happened in the area of Split peninsula in the period comprised between 4th and 10th centuries. The PhD thesis is designed as an analysis of phenomenons, processes and structures attached to Late Antique-Early Medieval transformations of Diocletian‟s palace and Split peninsula, i.e. as an interdisciplinary review of post-Diocletian, Early Christian, pre-Carolingian and Carolingian period of historical development in the area. Constituent part of the research is the cataloguing and systematization of archaeological and artistic heritage of the peninsula, its topographic and typological interpretation as well as an analysis of relevant written sources. The poleogenesis of Split will be viewed in the context of analogous developments in the wider region and neighboring countries, in order to offer an Adriatic model with the purpose of further widening the research of genesis of Early Medieval towns, foremost in the Mediterranean, but in the whole European field as well.

Item Type: PhD Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: Split, Dalmatia, Late Antiquity, Early Middle Ages, poleogenesis, urban history
Subjects: History
History of art
Departments: Department of Art History
Department of History
Supervisor: Jurković, Miljenko and Nikolić Jakus, Zrinka
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2015 09:46
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2015 09:46

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