Rural Lives and Landscapes in Late Byzantium
Art, Archaeology, and Ethnography
- Author: Sharon E. J. Gerstel, University of California, Los Angeles
This is the first book to examine the late Byzantine peasantry through written, archaeological, ethnographic and painted sources. Investigations of the infrastructure and setting of the medieval village guide the reader into the consideration of specific populations. The village becomes a micro-society, with its own social and economic hierarchies. In addition to studying agricultural workers, mothers and priests, lesser-known individuals, such as the miller and witch, are revealed through written and painted sources. Placed at the center of a new scholarly landscape, the study of the medieval villager engages a broad spectrum of theorists, including economic historians creating predictive models for agrarian economies, ethnoarchaeologists addressing historical continuities and disjunctions, and scholars examining power and female agency.Read more
- Discusses a number of unpublished sites and includes new information on previously published sites
- Straddles the fields of history, art history and archaeology
- Richly illustrated, with 127 images (90 of which are in color)
- Winner, 2017 Maria Theocharis Prize, Christian Archaeological Society, Greece
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- Date Published: July 2015
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781316308158
- contains: 34 b/w illus. 90 colour illus. 3 maps
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
1. The landscape of the village
2. Communication and the village church
3. The village woman
4. Village men, village labor
5. In the service of the church
6. The body and the soul.
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