Land and Labor in the Greek World

Land and Labor in the Greek World

Paperback Ancient Society and History

By (author) Alison Burford

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  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 211mm x 23mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 19 October 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Baltimore, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0801866707
  • ISBN 13: 9780801866708
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,733,430

Product description

What value did the Greeks put on farming beyond its capacity to produce food? Who owned the land, and who worked it? Alison Burford examines the Greeks' preoccupation with land and agriculture to understand the nature of their society and culture in general. She focuses on how the need to make the land productive influenced social, economic, and cultural beliefs and practices throughout Greek society. Specific areas of study include land allotment in the early settlements, the function of the antidosis, Xenophon's true intent in his Oeconomicus, the understanding and use of the term peasant, environmental concerns, and nationalist feelings among tied laborers.

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Author information

Alison Burford teaches in the Department of Classics at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. Her previous books include The Greek Temple at Epidauros and Craftsmen in Greek and Roman Society.

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A full and convincing consideration of land ownership, landowners, farming procedures, land management, agricultural workers, and the farmer in society from the Dark Age to the third century B.C. Greece and Rome

Table of contents

Contents: Introduction Chapter 1: Ownership of the Land Chapter 2: Landowners in Society Chapter 3: Farming the Land Chapter 4: Management of the Land Chapter 5: The Laborers on the Land Chapter 6: The Farmers and the Rest of Society Appendix: A Lease for Land Belonging to the Deme of Aixone in South Attica, 345/4 Notes Bibliography Index