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Tilling the hateful earth : agricultural production and trade in the late antique East

Author: Michael Decker
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Series: Oxford studies in Byzantium.
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"Tilling the Hateful Earth explores farming in the countryside of the most prosperous region of the late Roman empire, the eastern provinces governed from the new capital of Constantinople. From the fourth to the sixth centuries, this region experienced a cultural efflorescence and material prosperity that would rarely be matched until modernity. Behind this prosperity lay the productive capacities of the land which  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Decker
ISBN: 9780199565283 0199565287
OCLC Number: 316430311
Description: xxvii, 326 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. The land: climate and geography ; 2. The countryside in Late Antiquity ; 3. Hand to mouth: grain in Late Antiquity ; 4. The vine ; 5. The 'queen of all trees': the olive in late antique agriculture ; 6. Invading the desert: irrigation and agrarian expansion ; 7. Mixed farming and limited specialization: methods and means of intensification ; 8. Trade, agriculature, and the economy of the late antique East
Series Title: Oxford studies in Byzantium.
Responsibility: by Michael Decker.
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A study of the agrarian landscape and economy of the late-antique eastern Mediterranean. Michael Decker describes the ways in which Roman farmers succeeded in producing food surpluses, fuelling a  Read more...

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