Mentioned earlier was the third wave of Barbarian invasions

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Mentioned earlier was the third wave of Barbarian invasions, consisting of Avars and Slavs. In  terms of demographic and ecological effects, their impact is similar to that of the Lombards in  Italy, such that they should be considered part of the same grouping. By the time of Phocas, there  was large-scale Slav settlement beneath the Danube, as far south as Moesia and Thrace in Central  Greece. It was a demographic and cultural disaster for the region. During the Slavic settlement,  Greeks became frantic, large numbers of them fleeing for the coast. The great majority of old  towns and settlements ceased to exist, with traditional Roman culture all but disappearing. Like  Italy, the terrace system decayed as well, opening the way for youngerfill erosion and the  contraction of agricultural yields. By the 610s, Byzantine possessions here had been reduced to  coastal strips, and just like in Lombard Italy, the Dark Ages of irreversible natural and human  decline had set in. As well, a slavicization of Byzantium would allow later Bulgar encroachment 
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