Agrarian Change in Late Antiquity: Gold, Labour, and by Jairus Banaji

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This publication argues that the past due empire observed monstrous financial and social swap, propelled by way of the robust stimulus of a good gold coinage that circulated largely. Exploiting quite a lot of resources, Agrarian swap in overdue Antiquity weaves jointly diversified strands of historiography (Weber, Mickwitz, papyrology, agrarian heritage) right into a interesting interpretation that demanding situations the minimalist orthodoxies approximately past due antiquity and the traditional economic system extra in most cases.

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42 The organization of estates must have been determined crucially by their use of labour, and it is hard to believe that owners would have adopted a single pattern of labour-use across diverse ecological zones where different crops predominated and labour requirements varied correspondingly. 631 this was said to comprise 120 monks and 200 lay inhabitants, cf. T. Derda, Deir el-Naqlun: The Greek Papyri (P. Naqlun I) (Warsaw, 1995) 22, J. Dobrowolski, ‘The Monastic Complex of Naqlun—Topography of the Site’, in P.

Capogrossi Colognesi, Economie antiche e capitalismo moderno. La sfida di Max Weber (Rome and Bari, 1990), especially interesting; and J. Love, Antiquity and Capitalism: Max Weber and the Sociological Foundations of Roman Civilization (London and New York, 1991). Momigliano discussed Weber repeatedly in various essays, notably, ‘Max Weber and Eduard Meyer: Apropos of City and Country in Antiquity’, in Sesto Contributo alla Storia degli Studi Classici e del Mondo Antico, 2 vols. 285–93, and ‘After Gibbon’s Decline and Fall’, ibid.

Isidore defines casae as ‘agreste habitaculum palis atque virgultis arundinibusque contextum’ (a rural habitation covered with stakes, cuttings, and reed-canes) (Etym. 1). The mapalia used by the transhumants who provided much of the seasonal labour were usually described as casae, cf. Jerome, Commentaria in Amos, Prol. 990) ‘agrestes quidem casae et furnorum similes, quas Afri appellant mapalia’ (Certain rural habitations which look like ovens, which the Africans call mapalia), Festus 132 (Lindsay, p.

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