Late antiquity hall

Voice files

Introduction
The area of Manacor between 5th and 8th centuries
The basilicas of Manacor
The baptisteries of Manacor
Dwellings and diet
Life and death
The funerary world

At the beginning of the 5th century Mallorcan society was completely Romanised. In political terms, the Balearic Islands entered their fifth century as a province that was still part of the Roman Empire. This, however, changed in the year 455, when the islands became part of the Vandal Kingdom of North Africa. Between 533 and 534, the Byzantine Empire conquered the Vandal Kingdom and the Balearic Islands once again came under the rule of the most powerful Mediterranean State of the time.

These were years of significant change, essentially due to the fall of the Roman Empire and the decline of its power to collect revenue. These transformations resulted in:

  • The ruralisation of society.
  • Greater economic, political and social differences between the reduced number of people belonging to the more affluent groups and a higher majority of people who were struggling to survive.
  • A decrease in what was known as long-distance trade, trade carried out predominantly by sea or by river.

During the 7th century a new, Islamic power invaded a large part of the Mediterranean. The first documented Muslim raid on the Balearic Islands was in the year 707, but the definitive Islamic conquest did not take place until the beginning of the 10th century AD.

Voice files

Introduction
The area of Manacor between 5th and 8th centuries
The basilicas of Manacor
The baptisteries of Manacor
Dwellings and diet
Life and death
The funerary world


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