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The emperor Hadrian (r. ), in particular, lavished monuments and other building projects upon Athens, and Marcus Aurelius (r. ) endowed the city with four chairs of philosophy, thereby creating the world’s first great university. Perhaps even more important, Athens was never forced to become part of the Roman provincial system but was exempted from Roman taxes and allowed to exercise judicial authority over its own citizens. ) likewise favored Athens by not taking statues and other treasures from its temples, as he did elsewhere, when he was establishing his capital at the new Constantinople (modern Istanbul).

A major trade center, its prosperity and strategic location were enhanced by the construction of the Via Egnatia, which went through the city. E. E. E. the city suffered major destruction from the Thracians before they were finally brought under control by the Romans. As attested by the coinage of the city and by inscriptions and building activity, the city recovered and subsequently prospered once again. E. Christianity eventually became a major force in Amphipolis, and the city became home to at least five impressive churches in the 5th and 6th centuries and the seat of a bishopric, evidence of the continuing importance of the city.

The city suffered major destruction from the Thracians before they were finally brought under control by the Romans. As attested by the coinage of the city and by inscriptions and building activity, the city recovered and subsequently prospered once again. E. Christianity eventually became a major force in Amphipolis, and the city became home to at least five impressive churches in the 5th and 6th centuries and the seat of a bishopric, evidence of the continuing importance of the city. With the invasion of the Slavs in the 8th and 9th centuries, Amphipolis was apparently destroyed.

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