Chapter 8. Social Élites, Wealth, and Power

  1. John Haldon Professor
  1. John Haldon Professor

Published Online: 12 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305906.ch8

The Social History of Byzantium

The Social History of Byzantium

How to Cite

Haldon, J. (2008) Social Élites, Wealth, and Power, in The Social History of Byzantium (ed J. Haldon), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305906.ch8

Editor Information

  1. History Department, Princeton University, USA

Author Information

  1. History Department, Princeton University, USA

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 élites, wealth, and power;
  • social stratification - awareness of social and cultural differences;
  • élites rarely monolithic - comprising separable elements or factions, distinguished by family and clan ties;
  • Byzantine élite - continuities and discontinuities, seventh–fifteenth centuries;
  • pseudo-meritocratic regime, in which connections patronage, talent, and opportunity played as important and sometimes a much more important role than birth;
  • economic resources and income

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • General Considerations: Élites and Social Stratification

  • The Byzantine Élite: Continuities and Discontinuities, Seventh-Fifteenth Centuries

  • Economic Resources and Income

  • Bibliography