Famine and Food Supply in the Graeco-Roman World: Responses to Risk and Crisis (Paperback)
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Short Description for Famine and Food Supply in the Graeco-Roman World Looking at systems of food supply and their breakdown in the ancient Mediterranean between 600 BC and 500 AD, this book embraces the responses of both peasants and urban populations to the inevitability and unpredictability of food crisis.
- Published: 01 December 1989
- Format: Paperback 324 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521375856 ISBN 10: 0521375851
- Sales rank: 945,774
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Full description for Famine and Food Supply in the Graeco-Roman World
The first full-length study of famine in antiquity. The study provides detailed case studies of Athens and Rome, the best known states of antiquity, but also illuminates the institutional response to food crisis in the mass of ordinary cities in the Mediterranean world. Ancient historians have generally shown little interest in investigating the material base of the unique civilisations of the Graeco-Roman world, and have left unexplored the role of the food supply in framing the central institutions and practices of ancient society.