Production and Prosperity in the Theodosian Period

Production and Prosperity in the Theodosian Period

by I Jacobs (Editor)


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Despite the large increase in material evidence datable to the Theodosian period (379-455 C.E.), textual sources still dominate our view of the period. This has led to a pretty bleak picture made up of foreign invasions, loss of territory, a weak ruler dynasty, a state-driven distribution system, and declining cities. And yet, many regions of the Roman Empire seem to have been doing quite well. For this reason, this volume aims at a re-evaluation of the prosperity of the Roman Empire under the Theodosii. Archaeological, historical, epigraphic and numismatic research are combined to investigate the vitality and socio-economic potential of distinct regions of the empire; to explore the relative importance of cities, villages, fortresses and estates in patterns of purchase and consumption; to gain insights into the mechanisms and forces underlying production, distribution and consumption of both staple goods and luxury products; and, eventually, to offer explanations for the general condition and functioning of the empire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789042930124
Publisher: Peeters Publishing
Publication date: 01/29/2014
Series: Interdisciplinary Studies in Ancient Culture and Religion Series , #14
Pages: 397
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of abbreviations vii

Notes on contributors ix

Preface Marc Waelkens xv

Introduction Ine Jacobs 1

Part I Local and Regional Prosperity

1 Illyricum and Thrace from Valentinian I to Theodosius II. The Radical Transformation of the Danubian Provinces Andrew G. Poulter 27

2 Prosperity after Disaster? The Effects of the Gothic invasion in Athens and Corinth Ine Jacobs 69

3 Sagalassos in the Theodosian Age Marc Waelkens Ine Jacobs 91

4 Salus Reipublicae. Modelling the Monetary Supply in the Middle Meuse Valley Between 390 and 480 C.E. Jean-Marc Doyen 127

Part II Private Contexts

5 "Hypsorophos domos". Urban Residential Architecture in Asia Minor during the Theodosian Period Inge Uyiterhoeven 147

6 The opus sectile from Porta Marina at Ostia and the Aesthetics of Interior Decoration Bente Kiilerich 169

Part III Artefacts and Exchange Patterns

7 Prolegomena to the Study of Portable Luxury Goods and Shared Aristocratic Culture in the Theodosian Age Lea M. Stirling 191

8 Mythological Marble Sculpture from a Regional and Supra Regional Perspective Niels Hannestad 215

9 Production and Distribution of Docimian Marble in the Theodosian Age Philipp Niewöhner 251

10 Trends in Tableware. An Overview of the Roman East in the Theodosian Period Rinse Willet 273

Part IV Influencing Factors and Explanations

11 Paying the Army in the Theodosian period Warren Treadgold 303

12 Prosperity, Sustainability, and Poverty in the Late Antique World: Mediterranean Case Studies John Bintliff 319

Bibliography 327

Index 385

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