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New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture

Managing Financial Resources in Late Antiquity

Greek Fathers' Views on Hoarding and Saving

Authors: Merianos, Gerasimos, Gotsis, George

  • Provides a comprehensive overview of Greek patristic responses to the management of surplus income and savings from the late first to the fifth century
  • Seeks to identify differing types of hoarding practices and examines multilevel outcomes of hoarding behaviours
  • Utilises a range of sources, informed by the history of ideas, economic history, and history of economic thought
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This book examines the views of Greek Church Fathers on hoarding, saving, and management of economic surplus, and their development primarily in urban centres of the Eastern Mediterranean, from the late first to the fifth century. The study shows how the approaches of Greek Fathers, such as Clement of Alexandria, Basil of Caesarea, John Chrysostom, Isidore of Pelusium, and Theodoret of Cyrrhus, to hoarding and saving intertwined with stances toward the moral and social obligations of the wealthy. It also demonstrates how these Fathers responded to conditions and practices in urban economic environments characterized by sharp inequalities. Their attitudes reflect the gradual widening of Christian congregations, but also the consequences of the socio-economic evolution of the late antique Eastern Roman Empire. Among the issues discussed in the book are the justification of wealth, alternatives to hoarding, and the reception of patristic views by contemporaries.

About the authors

Gerasimos Merianos is Senior Researcher in Byzantine History at the Institute of Historical Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece.

George Gotsis is Associate Professor of Economics in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction¬†and Acknowledgements

    Merianos, Gerasimos (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • Historical Background: Early Christian Conceptions of Hoarding

    Merianos, Gerasimos (et al.)

    Pages 15-41

  • Justifying Savings but not the Pursuit of Wealth: Contradictions, Tensions and Accommodations in Early Patristic Texts

    Merianos, Gerasimos (et al.)

    Pages 43-72

  • Savings for Redistributive Purposes: Stewardship of Wealth in the Teachings of Basil of Caesarea and John Chrysostom

    Merianos, Gerasimos (et al.)

    Pages 73-115

  • Fifth-Century Patristic Conceptions of Savings and Capital: Isidore of Pelusium and Theodoret of Cyrrhus

    Merianos, Gerasimos (et al.)

    Pages 117-158

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-56409-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-56408-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Managing Financial Resources in Late Antiquity
Book Subtitle
Greek Fathers' Views on Hoarding and Saving
Authors
Series Title
New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-56409-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-56409-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56408-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 257
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