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Tilling the Hateful Earth: Agricultural Production and Trade in the Late Antique East

Michael Decker


This work examines the mechanisms of cultivation of the three major crops of the ‘Mediterranean triad’ (grain, wine, and olive oil) during the 4th through 7th centuries AD along the coastlands of the eastern Mediterranean. This book examines the production of crops vital to subsistence, and also argues that the late antique Levant witnessed a period of demographic growth, a rising market in the demand for commodities, and competitive elite that invested heavily in agriculture. One of the results of the concatenation of these phenomena was increasing specialization and the development of a larg ... More

Keywords: mediterranean triad, grain, wine, olive oil, subsistence, specialization, heavy bulk goods, Islamic conquest

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199565283
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565283.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Decker, author
Maroulis Professor of Byzantine History and Orthodox Religion, University of South Florida
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