Studies in the Byzantine Monetary Economy C.300-1450

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 30, 2008 - Business & Economics - 828 pages
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This book represents an attempt to depict the late Roman and Byzantine monetary economy in its fullest possible social, economic and administrative context, with the aim of establishing the basic dynamics behind the production of the coinage, the major mechanisms affecting its distribution, and the general characteristics of its behaviour once in circulation. The book consists of four main sections, on economy and society, on finance, and on the circulation and production of coinage, and has made an unrivalled contribution in the field of late classical, Byzantine and medieval economic history. The text is fully supported by the extensive quotation of translated sources, and by maps, tables and plates.
  

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Contents

Introduction i
1
The land
21
n The mediaeval situation fertility and infertility
35
hi The mediaeval situation agriculture and pastoralism
44
The problem of erosion
58
The basic geography of settlement and society
69
II The Balkans
78
Comparisons
131
Administrative basis
371
vn 12041453
439
History
448
v Alexius I to Andronicus III 10811341
513
vi John V to Constantine XI 13411453
536
The somionsommo
547
Preliminary observations future directions
553
II The intervention of the state army and cursus publicus
602

Anatolia The cases of Synnada and Euchaita
138
Anatolia Myrioccphalum and the Pass Tzybritze
146
The budget
157
The limiting factors
221
Supply
257
De Caerimoniis Treatise on imperial expeditions
304
Supervision
316
ill A comparative exercise on the budget
613
iv The consequences for the seventh century
619
v Future directions
662
Bibliographies
670
Key to plates
718
Indexes
735
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