The Sixth Century: Production, Distribution, and Demand

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Richard Hodges, William Bowden
BRILL, 31 dec. 1997 - 302 pagina's
This collection of essays examines the sixth century A.D. from a new perspective. Being a result of the European Science Foundation s programme devoted to the transformation of the Roman World, the authors examine the economic and social conditions of a century which has often been overlooked. The book takes a European overview, and includes studies by archaeologists and historians whom, in the course of the ESF project, have developed a lively dialogue focussing upon the issue of demand in the sixth century. An archaeologist poses many of theleading arguments in the first chapter, and an historian draws these themes together in the final one. The book includes a major review of the historiography of Henri Pirenne's celebrated thesis devoted to the decline of the Roman empire and the beginnings of the Middle Ages. The majority of the essays, however, are regional studies approaching the subject with a new wide-angled, European vision.
 

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Reading Pirenne again
15
The production and distribution of books in late Antiquity
41
model history and treasure
61
Les conditions du commerce au Vie siecle
89
Eastern Spain in the sixth century in the light of archaeology
161
Gregory of Tours
203
developments east
231
production distribution and demand
279
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Richard Hodges is Professor in the School of World Art Studies and Museology, University of East Anglia and Director of the Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture. His amin archaeological excavations are at Butrint, Albania and San Vincenzo al Volturno, Italy. His books include "Dark Age Economics" (1982), "The Anglo-Saxon Achievement" (1989) and "Light in the Dark Ages" (1997). William Bowden, Ph.D. (2000) in Archaeology, University of East Anglia, is Packard Research Fellow in the School of World Art Studies at the University of East Anglia and a co-director of excavations at Butrint, Albania.

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