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Cities, Peasants and Food in Classical Antiquity

Cities, Peasants and Food in Classical Antiquity
Essays in Social and Economic History

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  • Date Published: February 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521892902

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  • This is a collection of essays in the social and economic history of Greece and Rome by a leading historian of classical antiquity. They are grouped in three overlapping sections, covering the economy and society of cities; peasants and the rural economy; and food supply and famine. The essays, all previously published, are presented together with bibliographical addenda by Walter Scheidel that summarize and assess scholarly reaction to the author's work. The range of subject matter and approach is wide and the treatment original and provocative.

    • Collection of the papers of an important ancient historian
    • Coherent contents
    • Addenda sections set papers in context and outline the effect of Garnsey's papers on later developments
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...this book is useful as an auxiliary text for university students in religion, history, classics, anthropology, and other social sciences as well." Susan Maki-Wallace, Religious Studies Review

    "...Peter Garnsey's scholarship on the material foundations okf ancient Greek and Roman life is a pleasure to read and a valuable addition to our knowledge of the subject." Michael Kucher, H-Net Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521892902
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 157 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Cities:
    1. Aspects of the decline of the urban aristocracy in the empire
    2. Independent freedmen and the economy of Roman Italy under the Principate
    3. Economy and society of Mediolanum under the Principate
    4. Urban property investment in Roman society
    5. An association of builders in late antique Sardis
    Part II. Peasants:
    6. Peasants in ancient Roman society
    7. Where did Italian peasants live?
    8. Non-slave labour in the Roman world
    9. Prolegomenon to a study of the land in the later Roman empire
    10. Mountain economies in southern Europe
    Part III. Food:
    11. Grain for Athens
    12. The yield of the land in ancient Greece
    13. The bean: substance and symbol
    14. Mass diet and nutrition in the city of Rome
    15. Child rearing in ancient Italy
    16. Famine in history.

  • Author

    Peter Garnsey, University of Cambridge


    Walter Scheidel

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