Economic Rationalism and Rural Society in Third-Century AD Egypt: The Heroninos Archive and the Appianus Estate

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 12, 1991 - Business & Economics - 489 pages
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This book reconstructs the life and workings of the Appianus estate in the Fayum district of Egypt under Roman rule in the third century AD. Basing his study on the extensive documentary evidence of the Heroninos archive, consisting of hundreds of letters and accounts on papyrus, Dr Rathbone examines the nature of rural society at the time.
 

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Contents

The archive and the estate
1
Rural units of the Appianus and related estates page
26
Epoikion of Aristokles Theadelphia page
32
Constituent parts of the Theadelphian phrontis
34
Owners and managers
44
Managers of units
72
Epiktenitai
78
Permanent labour
88
Lessees and other contractors
175
Production on the phrontides
212
Transport marketing and monetisation
265
The distribution of wine through Theadelphia
279
Attested totals of wine distributed from and through Theadelphia
280
Reconstruction of the distribution of wine from Theadelphia
296
Expenditure by phrontistai
320
The monthly accounts of Eirenaios and Heroninos
336

Paidaria
90
Permanent staff paid at Euhemeria
94
Permanent staff paid at Theadelphia
105
Monthly payments to komarchai
128
Remuneration of metrematiaioi at Theadelphia
136
The proportions of casual and permanent labour
153
Wages for unskilled labour
156
The structure of the monthly accounts of Eirenaios and Heroninos
347
Possible accounting system
376
Conclusions
388
Papyrological matters
410
The possible A D equivalents for anonymous regnal years in texts which mention Heroninos as phron tistes of Theadelphia
423
Measures and prices of wheat and of wine
464
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