How are markets in antiquity to be characterized? As comparable to modern free markets, with differences in scale not quality? As controlled and dominated by the State? Or as a third way, in completely different terms, as free but regulated? In Trade and Markets in Byzantium seventeen scholars address these and related issues by reexamining and reinterpreting the material and textual record from Byzantium and its hinterland for local, regional, and interregional trade. Special emphasis is placed on local trade, which has been understudied. To comprehend the recovery of long-distance trade from its eighth-century nadir to the economic prosperity enjoyed in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, the authors analyze the variety and complexity of the exchange networks, the role of money as a measure of exchange, and the character of local markets. This collection of groundbreaking research will prove to be indispensable for anyone interested in economic history in antiquity and the medieval period.
About the Author
Cécile Morrisson is Director of Research Emerita at Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris, and Advisor for Byzantine Numismatics at Dumbarton Oaks.
Demetra Bakirtzi is an archaeologist in the Greek Archaeological Service.
André Binggeli is a researcher at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris.
Rowan Dorin is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University.
Sauro Galechi is Professor of Medieval Archaeology at the University of Ca' Foscari of Venice.
John Haldon is Professor of Byzantine History and Hellenic Studies at Princeton University.
Johannes Koder is Emeritus Professor at the Institute for Byzantine and Neohellenic Studies at the University of Vienna.
Angeliki E. Laiou was Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Byzantine History at Harvard University.
Luke Lavan is a Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Kent.
Christopher Lightfoot is a curator of Greek and Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Michael McCormick is Francis Goelet Professor of Medieval History at Harvard University.
Dominique Pieri teaches late Roman and Early Byzantine archaeology at Panthéon University in Paris.
Brigitte Pitarkis is chargée de recherches at the Centre d’Histoire et Civilisation de Byzance, CNRS, Paris.
Scott Redford is Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology and History of Art, and Director of the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations at Koç University, Istanbul.
Peter Temin is Elisha Gray II Professor of Economics, Emeritus, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Alan Walmsley is MSO Professor of Islamic Archaeology and Art at the University of Copenhagen.