Wine, Wealth, and the State in Late Antique Egypt: The House of Apion at Oxyrhynchus

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University of Michigan Press, 2012 - COOKING - 229 pages
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The "glorious house" of the senatorial family of the Flavii Apiones is the best documented economic entity of the Roman Empire during the fifth through seventh centuries, that critical period of transition between the classical world and the Middle Ages. For decades, the rich but fragmentary manuscript evidence that this large agricultural estate left behind, preserved for 1,400 years by the desiccating sands of Egypt, has been central to arguments concerning the agrarian and fiscal history of Late Antiquity, including the rise of feudalism.

Wine, Wealth, and the State in Late Antique Egypt is the most authoritative synthesis concerning the economy of the Apion estate to appear to date. T. M. Hickey examines the records of the family's wine production in the sixth century in order to shed light on ancient economic practices and economic theory, as well as on the wine industry and on estate management. Based on careful study of the original manuscripts, including unpublished documents from the estate archive, he presents controversial conclusions, much at odds with the "top down" models currently dominating the scholarship.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Land
22
Chapter 2 Vineland
39
Chapter 3 Labor in the Vineyard
62
Chapter 4 The Flow of Wine through the Estate
90
Chapter 5 Assessing Estate Viticulture
146
Conclusion
156
Appendixes
161
Literature Cited
199
Index Locorum
217
Subject Index
223
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About the author (2012)

T. M. Hickey is Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, University of California, Berkeley, and Curator at the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri.

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