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Social and Economic Life in Byzantium

1st Edition

By Nicolas Oikonomides, Elizabeth Zachariadou


410 pages

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Social and Economic Life in Byzantium is the third selection of papers by the late Nicolas Oikonomides to be published in the Variorum Collected Studies Series; a fourth, Society, Culture and Politics in Byzantium, will follow in 2005. The present volume is centred upon the period from the 9th to the 11th century, and a series of examinations into the society and economic activity of the Byzantine world. Other groups of studies investigate relations between state and church, monasteries in particular, aspects of the history of the Slavs in the Balkans, and topics in Byzantine epigraphy.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Michael McCormick; Church and State: Tax exemptions for the secular clergy under Basil II; La brebis égarée et retrouvée: l'apostat et son retour; The first century of the Monastery of Hosios Loukas; Le bateau de Chilandar; O Athos kai to Stouditikou protypo koinobiou; To dikastiko pronomio tes Neas Mones Chiou; The monastery of Patmos in the 11th and 12th Centuries and its economic functions. Society and Economy: Silk trade and production in Byzantium from the 6th to the 9th century: the seals of kommerkiarioi; De l'impôt de distribution à l'impôt de quotité: à propos du premier cadastre byzantin (7e-9e siècle); Middle-Byzantine provincial recruits: salary and armament; Terres du fisc et revenu de la terre aux Xe-XIe siècles; Le marchand byzantin des provinces (IXe-XIe s.); The economic region of Constantinople: from directed economy to free economy, and the role of the Italians; Se poio bathmo etan ekchrematismene e mesobyzantine oikonomia?; The Jews of Chios (1049): a group of excusati; The social structure of the Byzantine countryside in the first half of the 10th century; Title and income at the Byzantine court; To oplo tou chrematos; Il livello economico di Creta negli anni intorno al 1204; Liens de vassalité dans un apanage byzantin du XIIe siècle; Life and society in 11th-century Constantinople; The contents of the Byzantine house from the 11th to the 15th century. The Balkans and the Slavs: The medieval Via Egnatia; St Andrew, Joseph the Hymnographer and the Slavs of Patras; A propos de la première occupation byzantine de la Bulgarie (971-ca 986); A note on the campaign of Staurakios in the Peloponnese (783/84). Epigraphy: Pour une nouvelle lecture des inscriptions de Skripou en Béotie; L'épigraphie des bulles de plomb byzantines; Le tour du grand chartulaire Lapardas à Thessalonique; Index.

About the Authors

Nicolas Oikonomides was formerly Professor in the Department of History, University of Athens, Greece; Elizabeth Zachariadou is Professor at the University of Crete, Greece

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General