Hadrianopolis is located on the principal western route from the Central Anatolian plain through the mountains to Bartın and the Black Sea, 3 km west of modern Eskipazar, near Karabük, in Roman southwestern Paphlagonia. Though small, it dominated a rich agricultural and vinicultural enclave on the borders between Paphlagonia, Bithynia and Galatia. Between 2005 and 2008, four survey, excavation and restoration campaigns were conducted on the site by Dokuz Eylül University. The 2005 surveys identified the remains of at least 24 buildings, many of which were paved with extensive mosaic floors. Following the publication of the inscriptions (Hadrianopolis I), glass (Hadrianopolis II), and pottery finds (Hadrianopolis III), the present volume is devoted to these early Byzantine mosaics and frescoes from this site, dated mainly to the 6th and 7th centuries AD. The most remarkable of these is the floor mosaic of the nave of the Basilica B, which displays personifications of the four rivers of paradise: Euphrates, Tigris, Phison and Geon.
Dr Sami Patacı is a classical archaeologist at the University of Ardahan. He graduated from Ege University in 2003, and holds an MA (2007) and a PhD (2012) in Classical Archaeology from Dokuz Eylül University. He has been directing an archaeological survey in Ardahan, northeastern Turkey since 2014, and is the field director of the excavations at Ani on the Turkish-Armenian border in northeastern Turkey.
Professor Ergün Laflı is a classical archaeologist at Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir, chairs the Division for Medieval Archaeology and is the director of the Center of the Archaeology of Western Anatolia (EKVAM). He holds a first degree from the University of Ankara (1996), an MA from the University of Tübingen (1999) and a PhD from the University of Cologne (2003), all in Classical Archaeology. He directed the archaeological field project in Hadrianopolis between 2005 and 2009.
‘It is important to know about the findings from Hadrianopolis. … Anyone interested in Byzantine mosaics and frescoes or in floor mosaics and wall paintings from the period will be interested in this book.’ Professor Liz James, University of Sussex