Gold, Labour, and Aristocratic Dominance
336 Seiten, Kartoniert, Format (B × H): 156 mm x 234 mm, Gewicht: 664 g
Reihe: Oxford Classical Monographs
Verlag: Oxford University Press
Banaji Agrarian Change in Late Antiquity
restructuring of agrarian élites, and the extensive use of paid labour, above all in the period spanning the fifth to seventh centuries. The papyrological evidence is scrutinized in detail to show that a key development entailed the rise of a new aristocracy whose estates were immune to the devastating
fragmentation of partible inheritance, extensively irrigated, and responsive to market opportunities. A concluding chapter defines the more general issue raised by the aristocracy's involvement in the monetary and business economy of the period.
Exploiting a wide range of sources, Agrarian Change in Late Antiquity weaves together different strands of historiography (Weber, Mickwitz, papyrology, agrarian history) into a fascinating interpretation that challenges the minimalist orthodoxies about late antiquity and the ancient economy more generally.