The secret life of Salona in 7th and 8th century

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This paper analyses the available evidence for habitation of the ancient Dalmatian capital Salona during the seventh and eighth centuries. The existing scholarship, with few exceptions, accepts that Salona was taken by the Slavs and Avars before mid-seventh century, probably within the decades of 620s or 630s. However, the lack of archaeological evidence proving the destruction of the city creates space for arguments that the city did not meet a violent end, but rather that it slowly died out, as argued in the works of Rapanić, Goldstein, Budak and the present author. The paper argues that Salona did not meet a violent end in seventh century, but that some kind of habitation existed until eighth century. One plausible possibility could be that some traumatic event happened in eighth century, ending continuity of life within the city-walls.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAspice hunc opus mirum
Subtitle of host publicationfestschrift on the occasion of Nikola Jakšić's 70th birthday
EditorsIvan Josipović, Miljenko Jurković
Place of PublicationZadar ; Zagreb ; Motovun
PublisherUniversity of Zadar
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9789533313047, 9789538250101
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameDissertationes et Monographiae
PublisherInternational Research Center for Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages


  • Dalmatia
  • the early Middle Ages
  • Byzantine archaeology
  • Salona
  • Late Antiquity
  • Slavs
  • urban decay


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