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Famine and Food Supply in the Graeco-Roman World : Responses to Risk and Crisis - Peter Garnsey

Famine and Food Supply in the Graeco-Roman World

Responses to Risk and Crisis

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The first full-length study of famine in antiquity. The study provides detailed case studies of Athens and Rome, the best known states of antiquity, but also illuminates the institutional response to food crisis in the mass of ordinary cities in the Mediterranean world. Ancient historians have generally shown little interest in investigating the material base of the unique civilisations of the Graeco-Roman world, and have left unexplored the role of the food supply in framing the central institutions and practices of ancient society.

"...accurate and stimulating interpretative account of several interconnected issues to do with the incidence of shortages, and the responses to them of rural dwellers, patrons or benefactors, and governments...Garnsey presents extremely complex, and interrelated, issues and problems, and advanced hypotheses, with exemplary clarity, coolness, and good sense...The book will function both as a reliable introduction to its issues, and as a contribution to them; both functions are ably supported by the full references throughout the book to the best of the literature on the subject." Greece & Rome

The Incidence and Severity of Food Crisis
Famine and shortage
The frequency of food crisis
The infrequency of famine
Survival Strategies
Subsistence and survival: the peasantry
Supply and distribution: urban communities
Food Supply and Food Crisis in Athens c. 600-322 BC
The resources of Attica
The beginnings of dependence
Rulers of the sea
Vulnerability and vigilance
From uncertainty to crisis
Food Supply and Food Crisis in Rome c. 509 BC-AD 250
The beginnings of empire
Rulers of the Mediterranean
Food and politics
Rulers of the world
The subjects of Rome
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521351980
ISBN-10: 0521351987
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 18th November 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.65