Tilling the Hateful Earth: Agricultural Production and Trade in the Late Antique East by Michael Decker (Hardback, 2009)
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- DescriptionThis book explores the agrarian landscape and ecomy of the eastern Mediterranean from modern Israel to Turkey. This region experienced a surge in population between the fifth and sixth centuries AD that raised the population to levels often only regained in the late twentieth century. Cities expanded and the eastern lands reached a pinnacle of cultural expression and ecomic prosperity in the century before the arrival of Islam. Behind all this lay the ability of Roman farmers to feed themselves by producing a reliable surplus of food. Michael Decker describes precisely how this was done: how plants critical to survival were grown and how new plants were introduced. He also catalogues the range of intensive farming methods used and the rise of cash-crop farming based on olive oil and wine that was traded throughout Europe, western Asia, and parts of Africa.
- Author BiographyMichael Decker is Maroulis Professor of Byzantine History and Orthodox Religion at the University of South Florida.
- Author(s)Michael Decker
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication30/07/2009
- SubjectAncient History
- Series TitleOxford Studies in Byzantium
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Content Note21 black & white illustrations
- Weight696 g
- Width163 mm
- Height242 mm
- Spine25 mm
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