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Economic Rationalism and Rural Society in Third-Century AD Egypt : The Heroninos Archive and the Appianus Estate - Prof. Dominic Rathbone

Economic Rationalism and Rural Society in Third-Century AD Egypt

The Heroninos Archive and the Appianus Estate

By: Prof. Dominic Rathbone, R. L. Hunter (Editor), R. G. Osborne (Editor), M. D. Reeve (Editor), Peter Garnsey (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 27th September 1991
ISBN: 9780521401494
Number Of Pages: 512

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This book reconstructs the life and workings of a large private estate in Egypt under Roman rule in the third century AD, on the basis of hundreds of surviving letters and accounts written on papyrus. Topics include the social and economic position of the estate's owners, managers and workforce, its production and marketing of crops and its system of accounting, which is the most sophisticated yet known from the ancient world, and challenges the common belief that economic thought and practice were uniformly "primitive" in the ancient world. The second section of the book includes the Heroninos archive in both the Greek texts and English translation, which will prove an invaluable reference source for historians of Egypt under Roman rule.

"...Rathbone's preliminary study offers the historian invaluable evidence on the accounting systems and high degree of monetization of estates in Roman Egypt during a time when inflation reputedly was driving most to abandon the use of coins. Rathbone has done a fine service to future scholars by assembling the published papyri of this family, and his book will serve as the basis for the organization of the rest of Appianus' records." Choice

List of figures and map
List of tables
List of abbreviations and notes for the reader
The archive and the estate
Owners and managers
Permanent labour
Occasional labour
Lessees and other contractors
Production on the phrontides
Transport, marketing and monetisation
The accounts
Papyrological matters
Measures and prices of wheat and of wine
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ISBN: 9780521401494
ISBN-10: 0521401496
Series: Cambridge Classical Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 27th September 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.8