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A Byzantine Settlement in Cappadocia

Robert Ousterhout

Dumbarton Oaks Studies

Architecture, Archaeology, Byzantine Studies

Robert Ousterhout challenges the commonly accepted notion that the rock-cut settlements of Cappadocia primarily housed enclaves of Christian monks living in the wilderness. Instead, he proposes that the settlement at Çanlı Kilise was a fully fledged town, with mansions and hovels, as well as barns, wine presses, and cemeteries.

Based on four seasons of fieldwork, this book presents the results of the first systematic site survey of a region rich in material remains. From architecture to fresco painting, Cappadocia represents a previously untapped resource for the study of material culture and the settings of daily life within the Byzantine Empire.


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