Chapter 5. Social Relations and the Land: The Early Period

  1. John Haldon Professor
  1. Peter Sarris Lecturer Fellow

Published Online: 12 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305906.ch5

The Social History of Byzantium

The Social History of Byzantium

How to Cite

Sarris, P. (2008) Social Relations and the Land: The Early Period, in The Social History of Byzantium (ed J. Haldon), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305906.ch5

Editor Information

  1. History Department, Princeton University, USA

Author Information

  1. Trinity College, Cambridge, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 NOV 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405132404

Online ISBN: 9781444305906

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Keywords:

  • social relations and land - the early period;
  • property and power in early Byzantine empire;
  • “leading officers” (Greek propoliteuomenoi) and in legal sources as “principal citizens” (Latin principales);
  • modes of élite landholding and social implications;
  • fourth, fifth, and sixth centuries - imperial authorities eager to attempt to bolster cohesion of village society;
  • social tensions amongst peasantry;
  • fourth century to early seventh - witnessed profound intensification of aristocratic dominance of social relations

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction: The Sources and their Problems

  • Property and Power in the Early Byzantine Empire

  • Modes of Élite Landholding and their Social Implications

  • Village Society

  • Social Tensions Amongst the Peasantry

  • Conclusion

  • Bibliography