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Cities, Peasants and Food in Classical Antiquity : Essays in Social and Economic History - Peter Garnsey

Cities, Peasants and Food in Classical Antiquity

Essays in Social and Economic History

Hardcover Published: 15th September 2014
ISBN: 9780521591478
Number Of Pages: 356

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Sixteen essays in the social and economic history of the ancient world, by a leading historian of classical antiquity, are here brought conveniently together. Three overlapping parts deal with the urban economy and society, peasants and the rural economy, and food-supply and food-crisis. While focusing on eleven centuries of antiquity from archaic Greece to late imperial Rome, the essays include theoretical and comparative analyses of food-crisis and pastoralism, and an interdisciplinary study of the health status of the people of Rome using physical anthropology and nutritional science. A variety of subjects are treated, from the misconduct of a builders' association in late antique Sardis, to a survey of the cultural associations and physiological effects of the broad bean.

'The conventions illuminated by G.'s reding of the sources are remarkable, and it is instructive to follow his analysis of the evidence, buttressed by judicious and critical application of comparative materials and anthropological ... the reader has been served a savory meal full of insightful observations and plenty of appetizers'. Scripta Classica Israelica

Preface
Editor's preface
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Cities
Aspects of the decline of the urban aristocracy in the empirep. 3
Independent freedmen and the economy of Roman Italy under the Principatep. 28
Economy and society of Mediolanum under the Principatep. 45
Urban property investment in Roman societyp. 63
An association of builders in late antique Sardisp. 77
Peasants
Peasants in ancient Roman societyp. 91
Where did Italian peasants live?p. 107
Non-slave labour in the Roman worldp. 134
Prolegomenon to a study of the land in the later Roman empirep. 151
Mountain economies in southern Europep. 166
Food
Grain for Athensp. 183
The yield of the land in ancient Greecep. 201
The bean: substance and symbolp. 214
Mass diet and nutrition in the city of Romep. 226
Child rearing in ancient Italyp. 253
Famine in historyp. 272
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521591478
ISBN-10: 0521591473
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 356
Published: 15th September 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.69