Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

Economy, Family, and Society from Rome to Islam
A Critical Edition, English Translation, and Study of Bryson's Management of the Estate

$38.99 (C)

  • Date Published: September 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107615137

$ 38.99 (C)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Looking for an examination copy?

This title is not currently available for examination. However, if you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Bryson's Management of the Estate (Oikonomikos Logos) offers advice on the key private concerns of the Roman elite: getting rich, managing slaves, love and marriage, bringing up children. This estate owner is a farmer and a merchant, making his money through good and effective business. His wife is co-owner of the estate and their love promotes material prosperity. Their child needs twenty-four hour supervision in 'all his affairs'. Bryson's book was almost certainly written in the mid-first century AD, but survives mainly in Arabic. It had a profound effect on Islamic thinking on the economy and on marriage, but is virtually unknown to classicists. This new edition of the text together with the first English translation will appeal to Roman social and economic historians, students of imperial Greek literature and all those interested in the development of Greco-Roman thought in the Islamic empire of the Middle Ages.

    • A key new primary source for Roman social history translated into English for the first time
    • New textual material is presented both in the original languages and in translation
    • Contributes new evidence to the history of the text's reception in the Islamic world
    Read more

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107615137
    • length: 588 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 31 mm
    • weight: 0.84kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. English Translation of Bryson's Management of the Estate
    Part II. Background:
    1. Introduction
    2. Text and transmission
    Part III. Economy:
    3. Property
    4. Slaves
    Appendix. Ibn Butlān's General Treatise on Slaves
    Part IV. Family:
    5. The wife
    6. The boy
    Appendix I. 'Plato's Exhortation Concerning the Education of Young Men'
    Appendix II. 'Letter of Theano to Euboule'
    Part V. Texts and translations of Bryson.

  • Author

    Simon Swain, University of Warwick
    Simon Swain is Chair of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Warwick. He is the author of a number of well-known studies of the Greek literature of the Roman period and is co-editor (with Jaś Elsner and Stephen Harrison) of Severan Culture (Cambridge, 2007).

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×
warning icon

Turn stock notifications on?

You must be signed in to your Cambridge account to turn product stock notifications on or off.

Sign in Create a Cambridge account arrow icon

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.