TIB 17: Asia
Western Asia Minor was already important in ancient times. There were numerous settlements with enormous cultural potential and considerable economic power. In the middle ages, the region was one of the central areas of the Byzantine Empire. In early Byzantine times, this was the location of the provinces Asia and Lydia. Both provinces will be analyzed carefully by interpreting written sources, toponyms, the archaeological evidence, and the physical state of the landscape. Due to the wealth of evidence, the results will be published in several volumes.
The Byzantine province of Asia extended from the southern parts of the Troad to the northern shore of the river Maeander; its main centers were Pergamum (Bergama), Smyrna (Izmir), Magnesia (Manisa) and Ephesus (Selcuk). The proposed volume will constitute a link to TIB 10, Aigaion Pelagos, Northern Aegean Sea, by J. Koder, P. Soustal, and A. Koder, to TIB 13, Bithynia and Hellespont, by K. Belke, to TIB 14, Lydia, by A. Külzer, to TIB 7, Phrygia and Pisidia, by K. Belke and N. Mersich, and to TIB 18, Caria, by F. Hild.