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Archeologia dell’acqua a Gortina di Creta in età protobizantina by Elisabetta Giorgi. x+288 pages; illustrated throughout in black & white. Italian text with English abstracts for each chapter. Available both in print and Open Access. Limina/Limites: Archaeologies, histories, islands and borders in the Mediterranean (365-1556) 5. ISBN 9781784914448. £40.00 (No VAT). Book contents pageBuy Now

Ancient aqueducts have long commanded the attention of archaeologists, both for their intrinsic, monumental importance and for their significance as infrastructures closely related to the concept of civilisation. An aqueduct, in fact, is an artefact that has a great potential for providing information concerning at least two major aspects of ancient society: those relating to structural, technical, and engineering matters, and those relating to building and construction technology. These topics have enjoyed considerable attention in past studies, and in recent years they have also been integrated with a multi-disciplinary and contextual approach. They have further increased the potential of the analysis of ancient hydraulic systems, turning them into historical subjects capable of expanding our knowledge of the urban and social transformation of ancient cities and their territories.

The current study of the early Byzantine aqueduct of Gortyn (Crete) follows this tradition, but starts from a viewpoint related not so much to the aqueduct itself, as to a series of questions about the city: what was the appearance of Gortyn in the early Byzantine era? How did the inhabitants live? Where did they live and what did they do for living?

The aqueduct was born with the Roman city and accompanied it for its entire lifetime, constituting the backbone around which the various forms of urban settlement were redrawn at each major historical stage. Its vital link with everyday life makes the aqueduct a key witness for the study of the transformations of the city over the long term.

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Tra Montaccianico e Firenze: gli Ubaldini e la città Atti del convegno di studi, Firenze-Scarperia 28–29 settembre 2012 edited by Alessandro Monti and Elisa Pruno. ii+150 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white. Italian text. 217 2016 Limina/Limites: Archaeologies, histories, islands and borders in the Mediterranean (365-1556) 4. Available both in printed and e-versions. Printed ISBN 9781784912635. £29.00 (No VAT). Epublication ISBN 9781784912642. £19.00 (Inc. UK VAT) Book contents pageBuy Now

The central theme The Ubaldini and the City is the classic confrontation between feudal society and a resurgent urban form as the central instrument of organisation of European society, which is crucial to the origins of Europe as we know it today. The analysis starts from a reconstruction of the historical role played by the Ubaldini on the basis of a critical reconsideration of the available documentary evidence, and the results appear to be perfectly consistent with the general pattern for the Florentine aristocracy. The theme is one of ‘boundaries’: between historical and archaeological evidence, between the late Middle Ages and the birth of modernity; it concerns space with the establishment of new ‘borders’ which evolve from Terra Nuova and become completely territorial. The book takes as its subject a turning point in the history of the late Middle Ages on the threshold of the modern world: the crisis and collapse of the traditional feudal and rural world and the emergence of new territorial states based on the cities.

Italian description: Il tema Gli Ubaldini e la città riguarda il classico confronto fra la società feudale del Contado e la risorgente forma urbana quale strumento centrale di organizzazione della società europea, cruciale per le stesse origini dell’Europa per come la conosciamo oggi. L’osservatorio qui scelto muove da un’autentica ‘ricostruzione’ storica del ruolo interpretato dagli Ubaldini che, partendo da una profonda revisione critica della stessa base documentaria disponibile, risultano essere perfettamente omogenei alla ‘media’ aristocrazia del territorio fiorentino; quindi il loro caso viene a rivestire un più elevato tasso di rappresentatività per un confronto ‘classico’ in molte aree non solo toscane. Un tema ‘di frontiera’: sul piano dell’approccio, fra storia e archeologia; nel tempo, fra la fine del medioevo e la nascita della modernità; nello spazio, con la costituzione di nuovi ‘confini’, che dalle Terre Nuove evolveranno in stato compiutamente territoriale. Il tema è l’analisi di un punto di svolta nella storia del nostro basso medioevo, alle soglie del mondo moderno: crisi e collasso del mondo della tradizione feudale e rurale e l’affermarsi del nuovo stato territoriale a base urbana.
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