TIB 16: Macedonia, Northern Part
The volume 16 of the TIB Macedonia, Northern Part comprises the Early Byzantine province of Macedonia Secunda and
parts of the provinces Macedonia Prima, Dardania, Epirus Nova, Praevalitana and Dacia Mediterranea. It is closely
connected to the volume on “Macedonia, southern part” (TIB 11). Since the historical area of Macedonia
is today divided between Greece, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Bulgaria, the volume
“Macedonia, Northern Part” covers the whole territory of FYROM and two districts of Bulgaria (namely Kjustendil and Blagoevgrad).
The volume on “Macedonia, Northern Part” thus bridges the gap between the volumes TIB 6 “Thrakien” and TIB 11 “Macedonia, Southern Part”.
The research for this volume is based on written sources (mainly in Greek, Latin, Old Slavonic and Ottoman), monuments, archaeological
reports and a vast variety of toponyms, as well as extensive secondary literature, mostly in the South Slavic languages. Research trips to the area are regularly conducted.
The volume is enriched by the application of new methods in historical geography, such as settlement theories (e. g. the modified Central Place Theory) and by applications deriving from geoinformatics (Historical Geographic Information Systems / HGIS), which are elaborated in the Cluster Project “Digitising Patterns of Power (DPP; Principal Investigator M. Popović)” at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (cf. DPP – Case Study: The Historical Region of Macedonia (12th-14th cent.) – The Transformation of a Medieval Landscape).
Fig. 1 The Ancient Theater in Heraclea Lyncestis from the South, (FY)R Macedonia (TIB 16, M. Popovic, 2008)