With original essays by leading scholars, this book explores the social history of the medieval eastern Roman Empire and offers illuminating new insights into our knowledge of Byzantine society.
Provides interconnected essays of original scholarship relating to the social history of the Byzantine empire Offers groundbreaking theoretical and empirical research in the study of Byzantine society Includes helpful glossaries of sociological/theoretical terms and Byzantine/medieval terms
John Haldon is Professor of Byzantine History and Hellenic Studies at Princeton University, and is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of late Roman and Byzantine social, economic, and institutional history. His books include Warfare, State, and Society in the Byzantine World (1999), Byzantium: A History (2000), Byzantium at War (2002) and The Oxford Handbook of Byzantium Studies (editor with E. Jeffreys and R. Cormack, 2008).
Notes on Contributors vii Foreword ix List of Abbreviations xi Maps xiii 1 Towards a Social History of Byzantium 1John Haldon 2 Men, Women, Eunuchs: Gender, Sex, and Power 31Liz James 3 Family Structure and the Transmission of Property 51Angeliki E. Laiou 4 The Social Function of the Law 76Bernard Stolte 5 Social Relations and the Land: The Early Period 92Peter Sarris 6 Land and Power in the Middle and Later Period 112Peter Frankopan 7 The Producing Population 143Michel Kaplan 8 Social Elites, Wealth, and Power 168John Haldon 9 Court Society and Aristocracy 212Paul Magdalino 10 Church and Society: Iconoclasm and After 233Michael Angold 11 A Monastic World 257Alice-Mary Talbot Glossary of Byzantine and Medieval Terms 279 Index 286