Explores the social history of the medieval eastern Roman Empire. This work provides interconnected essays relating to the social history of the Byzantine empire. It includes glossaries of sociological/theoretical terms and Byzantine/medieval terms.
Notes on Contributors. Foreword. List of Abbreviations. Maps. 1. Towards a Social History of Byzantium (John Haldon, Princeton University). 2. Men, Women, Eunuchs: Gender, Sex and Power (Liz James, University of Sussex). 3. Family Structure and the Transmission of Property (Angeliki Laiou, University of Harvard). 4. The Social Function of the Law (Bernard Stolte, University of Groningen). 5. Social Relations and the Land: The Early Period (Peter Sarris, University of Cambridge). 6. Land and Power in the Middle and Later Period (Peter Frankopan, University of Oxford). 7. The Producing Population (Michel Kaplan, University of Paris 1). 8. Social Elites, Wealth and Power (John Haldon, Princeton University). 9. Court Society and Aristocracy (Paul Magdalino, University of St Andrews). 10. The Church and Society (Michael Angold, University of Edinburgh). 11. A Monastic World (Alice-Mary Talbot, Dumbarton Oaks). Glossary of Byzantine/Medieval Terms. Index.