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    Stobi Archeological site

    by dila Updated Jun 11, 2011

    This link i post here has a lot of info for people who want to do field school (excavations).
    I found a lot of info on this site.

    fieldschool

    wikipedia

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    The Synagogue at Stobi

    by shrimp56 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There was a Jewish synagogue at Stobi was built by a man named Polycharmos and dedicated in.
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    Please see the website below for more about the site as well as the following link for the dedication .

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    Theater at Stobi

    by Pijlmans Written Jun 25, 2008

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    The Theater of Stobi was built at the end of the 2nd or at the beginning of the 3rd century AD.

    It could accommodate over 7600 spectators. The names of some of them can be seen in the inscriptions in the seats.

    Originally, the theater in Stobi was built for the performances of plays, mime with pantomime, and musical shows.

    At the end of the 3rd century, it was converted into an area for gladiator and wild animal shows.

    The bodies of the murdered Christians were carried away through the underground corridors, outside the Theater. There, they were taken care of by their relatives and by members of the Christian community, and buried next to the Theater or on the western necropolis outside Stobi.

    Many Christians must have died here, and likely at least some of the basilicas at Stobi were erected for these martyrs.

    The Theater was deserted in the end of the 4th century and as a result it was demolished during the following years in order to build other structures.

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    Baptistery of the Episcopal Basilica at Stobi

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 25, 2008

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    The Baptistery is part of the Episcopal Basilica or Bishop Philp's Basilica.

    A staircase leads from the south door of the narthex of the Episcopal Basilica to the Baptistery. The Baptistery, erected at the same level of the Old Episcopal Basilica, was built in the shape of a tetraconch and included a circular pool dating from the period of the early church, at the end of the 4th century. During the 5th century considerable maintainance was done.

    The paved mosaic floors are the most beautiful found at Stobi. They are decorated with compositions in which a water-fowl, deer and a peacock drink from a kantharos. The walls are covered with three layers of fresco paintings. The most significant are those depicting the life of Christ.

    On the south of the Baptistery there was a praefurnium for heating water and a basin.

    As an integral part of the Episcopal Basilica, it served for baptizing in all of its phases.

    Another Baptistery at Stobi can be found at the North Basilica.

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    Episcopal Basilica at Stobi

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 24, 2008

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    The Episcopal Basilica is also called the Basilica of Bishop Philip.

    It was built at the end of the 5th century AD on an artificial terrace. The basilica was constructed 4 m above the floor of the Old Episcopal Basilica from the early 4th century.

    The Old Episcopal Basilica was constructed during the ministry of the Bishop Budios. The Old Basilica probably is the oldest Christian church discovered in Macedonia. The Old Basilica is a three-aisled building. Fresco paintings as well as the geometric and floral pavement mosaics date from the first construction period. The second construction phase, dating back to the first half of the 5th century, corresponds to the ministry of the Bishop Eustathios. The remains of the fresco paintings decorated with the monograms of Christ and the Bishop Eustathios, and the mosaics in the nave, date from the same period.

    The New Episcopal Basilica was significantly larger than the Old Episcopal Basilica. Parts of walls adorned with gold mosaics, the remains of a crypt in the apse, and the columns date from the first construction phase. An inscription describing the Bishop Philip as the patron of the church, situated above the entrance of the nave, dates back to the second construction phase, around 530 AD. The New Basilica ceased to function in the second half of the 6th century, after a catastrophic earthquake, which destroyed the city.

    Next to the Episcopal Basilica is a beautiful and well preserved Baptistery.

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    North Basilica with Baptistery at Stobi

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 24, 2008

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    The North Basilica is the first structure on the northern site of the discovered site of buildings in the western part of Stobi, hence the name North Basilica.

    The church was discovered in 1937. The erection of the columns of the atrium and the conservation of the niches, were done after the excavations, and again after World War II.

    The church lies below the level of the street (Via Principalis Inferior).

    The North Basilica was erected over a Late Antique palace and had several construction phases. This Roman palace was renovated by the end of the 4th or beginning of the 5th century (AD) and adjusted for the service as a church of basilica type.

    It has a baptistery on the north side was added later. An entrance was opened in the northern nave for communucation with the baptistery. Enriched with this baptistery, the building was used for a while as the Episcopal Basilica of Stobi during the building of the Basilica of Bishop Philip (the later Episcopal Basilica).

    After the building of the Episcopal Basilica with its highly decorated baptistery, the funtion of the baptistery in the North Basilica was terminated.

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    Semicircular Square at Stobi

    by Pijlmans Written Jun 24, 2008

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    The Semicircular Square (or Semicircular Court or Forum) dates back to the 4th and 5th century AD.

    It was a square with a semicircular colonnade for an open hall, which is surrounded with 10 rooms.

    In the very center of this square a big statue was placed.

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    Episcopal Residence at Stobi

    by Pijlmans Written Jun 24, 2008

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    The Episcopal Residence, or Archbishop's Residence, is situated north of the Episcopal Basilica.

    In the 4th century AD, it served as a Christian oratorio.

    One century later, in the the 5th century, it was converted into the Episcopal Residence, which was connected to the large Episcopal Basilica.

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    Valavica / Domus Fullonica / House of the Fuller

    by Pijlmans Written Jun 24, 2008

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    The House of Fuller is a group of connected buildings from the 3rd-4th century AD that have been used for different purposes.

    In the 5th century, a part of the object was used for textile dying.

    Valavica refers to a water spot where rugs are hand-washed.

    Fuller also refers to somebody who is involved in the preparation of cloths.

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    Theodosian Palace at Stobi

    by Pijlmans Written Jun 24, 2008

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    The Theodosian Palace dates from the 4th-5th century AD.

    It is the largest and the richest decorated palace from that period.

    The Emperor Theodosius I resided here when he visited Stobi in 388 AD.

    The House of Parthenius is located near the southern part of the Palace of Theodosius.

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    House of Peristerias at Stobi

    by Pijlmans Written Jun 23, 2008

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    The House of Peristerias is a complex of family buildings of the Peristerias family (4th-6th century AD). Several names of the family members are inscribed on the mosaic floor.

    There were also rooms for shops. The Peristerias family owned the rooms in the southern part of the complex.

    The central part of this complex was a yard under open sky, and there is a fountain as well.

    The complex and the mosaics (which we did not see) date from the late 4th or the early 5th century.

    The House of Peristerias is located at the crossing of the Via Principalis Inferior and the Via Axia.

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    Large Bath at Stobi

    by Pijlmans Written Jun 23, 2008

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    The Magnae Thermae, or Large Bath was discovered in 1931.

    It dates from the 5th-6th century AD and had a central floor heating system including several marble baths and walls with niches where a number of marble statues were placed.

    The reconstructed bath was in use until the late 6th century.

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    Palace of Polycharmos / House of Psalms at Stobi

    by Pijlmans Written Jun 22, 2008

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    By the end of the 4th century AD this building belonged to Polycharmos, the founder of the synagogues that were located north of the building.

    The building is located at the Via Principalis Inferior street.

    Later, the Central Basilica was build on the remnants of these synagogues.

    Subsequently, the Palace of Polycharmos became the residence of the church authorities.

    Some huge vessels/vases were standing at this location as well.

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    Central Basilica and Synagogues at Stobi

    by Pijlmans Written Jun 22, 2008

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    The Central Basilica and Synagogue is located south of the Civil Basilica at the Via Principalis Inferior street.

    The Central Basilica is a christian building that was built in the late 4th or early 5th century AD on the remnants of an older Jewish temple (synagogue) that dates back to 4th century.

    The floor of the synagogue was discovered 1.5 meters under the level of the Central Basilica. In turn, this synagogue was built on an older synagogue from the 3rd century, created by the father of the Synagogue of Stobi, Tiberius Claudius Polycharmos.

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    Civil Basilica at Stobi

    by Pijlmans Written Jun 22, 2008

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    The Civil Basilica is located directly southern of the North Nasilica, and discovered in 1937.

    Between the North Basilca and the Civil Basilica the Little Bath can be found. It has a pool and a double room.

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