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The last Romans
BELGIUM, 2007, 52'
  by AGON - Wednesday, 30 November 2011

At the beginning of the 5th century, Imperial Rome is dying out… But Greco-Roman civilization lives on despite it all. In the East, many cities will continue to experience flourishing prosperity as well as relative stability for almost four centuries. These are the territories of the Eastern Roman Empire, centered at its capital of Constantinople, the New Rome. They will perpetuate the ancient way of life until the end of the 7th century when they become the Byzantine Empire, which will in turn dominate the East of the Mediterranean from the 8th until the 14th century.
One city tells the story of this moment of history known as “Late Antiquity”. It is a city located in Anatolia, in the Roman province of Pisidia. It’s name is Sagalassos… and it will live the period of the “Last Romans”. And therein lies a great paradox of history: when Sagalassos disappears, so too will the “Last Romans”.
Up until now, for lack of an archeological site, this period was unknown to archaeologists. But whether by luck or destiny, Sagalassos benefited from an incredible preservation. That is why it is able to reveal the story of these people so well to archeologists…


Director: PHILIPPE AXELL
Producer: AXELL COMMUNICATION
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