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.
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- Date Published: September 1989
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521375856
- length: 324 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.48kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. The Incidence and Severity of Food Crisis
1. Famine and shortage
2. The frequency of food crisis
3. The infrequency of famine
Part II. Survival Strategies:
4. Subsistence and survival: the peasantry
5. Supply and distribution: urban communities
Part III. Food Supply and Food Crisis in Athens c. 600–322 BC
6. The resources of Attica
7. The beginnings of dependence
8. Rulers of the sea
9. Vulnerability and vigilance
10. From uncertainty to crisis
Part IV. Food Supply and
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