Roman Macedonia

This course examines the region of Macedonia during the Roman period, as seen through material remains. It will discuss the spread of Roman culture in the land of Macedonia from the establishment of the Province (146 BC) until the Severan period. Issues such as the administration system of province will be discussed, along with the status of some major roman sites (e.g. Dion, Veroia, Thessaloniki, Philippi, Thasos) on grounds of their topography and their urban development under the Imperium Romanum. This course will also examine representative monuments from major cities of Roman Macedonia with particular emphasis on monuments showing a concise Roman character (Fora, Theaters, etc.) and as well as large scale architecture (triumphant arches, imperial cult temples, Sebasteia) related to the Imperial Cult. Other cults established in the region of Macedonia and active during the Imperial period will also be discussed (Eastern Cults, Local cults, imported roman cults). The sculptural production of Macedonia during the Imperial period will also be presented via round sculpture (idealistic/mythological statues, private and imperial portraits), reliefs (of a funerary and votive character) and historical relief friezes. In correlation with the above, issues relating to the importance of the selected iconographical programs in public edifices, the benefactions and patronage in Macedonia, local cults and the Imperial cult, along with the process of Romanisation and its impact on the spatial development of the Macedonian cities, will also be examined.