The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, c. 500 to 1050: The Early Middle Ages by Florin CurtaThe Edinburgh History of the Greeks, c. 500 to 1050: The Early Middle Ages by Florin Curta

The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, c. 500 to 1050: The Early Middle Ages

byFlorin Curta

Paperback | April 1, 2014

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This volume traces the social, economic and political history of the Greeks between 500 and 1050. It adopts an interdisciplinary approach and uses archaeological evidence, as well as coins and seals, fiscal documents, medieval chronicles, and hagiographic literature to examine the developmentof Greek culture in the early medieval period. Several themes provide the foundation for this volume and run through the chapters; these include the Balkan context, the Social Role of the Army and the Onset of Economic Growth. Special attention is paid to the size of the economy in early medievalGreece. Both the social and the economic are privileged and analyzed together as integrally connected spheres of life, thus filling a major gap in existing literature on this period.
Florin Curta is Waldo W. Neikirk Professor of Medieval History and Archaeology at the University of Florida.
Title:The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, c. 500 to 1050: The Early Middle AgesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 1.1 inPublished:April 1, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0748694323

ISBN - 13:9780748694327


Table of Contents

Series Editor's PrefaceAcknowledgementsList of IllustrationsList of TablesIntroduction1. The last century of Roman power (ca. 500 to ca. 620): army, Church, and countryside2. Collapse or adaptation? The problem of the urban decline in late antique Greece3. Invasion or inflation? Hoards and barbarians in sixth- and seventh-century Greece4. Dark-Age Greece (ca. 620 to ca. 800)5. Revival and expansion (ca. 800 to ca. 900)6. The beginning of prosperity (ca. 900 to ca. 1050)7. Early medieval Greece and the Middle Byzantine economy8. Social structures and Byzantine administration in early medieval Greece9. Christianity in early medieval Greece10. Conclusion: the people of early medieval GreeceBibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

"A highly informative collection of both archaeological and literary data. Curta presents the reader with detailed descriptions of fortified sites, lavish grave burials and coin hoards together with literary evidence. All is framed in the wider contexts of Europe and the Mediterranean. Due tohis striking knowledge of numismatic evidence, igillography, funerary archaeology and Quellenkritik, Curta is very generous with his reader, but he also demands a lot. The significance of this book will be evident. To the attentive reader the work will be an invaluable tool for further researches."--Francesco Borri in Sehepunkte