By Todd Hickey
The "glorious condominium" of the senatorial relations of the Flavii Apiones is the simplest documented financial entity of the Roman Empire through the 5th via 7th centuries, that serious interval of transition among the classical international and the center a long time. for many years, the wealthy yet fragmentary manuscript proof that this huge agricultural property left at the back of, preserved for 1,400 years via the desiccating sands of Egypt, has been important to arguments about the agrarian and financial heritage of past due Antiquity, together with the increase of feudalism.
Wine, Wealth, and the country in past due old Egypt is the main authoritative synthesis in regards to the economic climate of the Apion property to seem up to now. T. M. Hickey examines the files of the family's wine creation in the sixth century as a way to make clear old fiscal practices and financial concept, in addition to at the wine and on property administration. in line with cautious research of the unique manuscripts, together with unpublished files from the property archive, he provides arguable conclusions, a lot at odds with the "top down" versions at present dominating the scholarship.
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89. Oxy. XVI 1985. 90. Under venia aetatis, Apion could have been born between 519 and 522. 91. It would seem unlikely that Apion was his first child, but the “subsidiary” lines of the family’s stemma remain shrouded in mystery. 92. Beaucamp (2001) emphasizes the Apiones’ personal relationships with the imperial house; Mazza (2004, 270–71) suggests that Strategius II was too shrewd to accept the dignity. Ruffini (2008, 97–98) seems to believe that Strategius was already dead at the time of the appointment.
XXVII 2480, discussed below [p. ) 141. Oxy. LXIII 4397. 142. , Piaa (held by Flavius Alexander in 476, by the Apiones in 528/543/558), Mega Eirenarcheion (held by Count John in 503, by the Apiones in 590). Cf. Oxy. 11, 20 (590). , Aspida (held by the Apiones ca. 565, by Flavius Ioannes in 586). Note also the references to to dikaion P(ersonal) N(ame) (discussed below, pp. 59–60), which reveal some information about the evolution of epoikia. Chapter 1 Land The Great Estate As we have seen, the Flavii Apiones were one of the most powerful families in the later Roman Empire, and it has been asserted that “the basis of the family wealth was their estate .
Also CPR X 65. 27. , 1997, 98–99). 28. For this usage, cf. Rathbone 1991, 33. Pal. XX 241 (VI–VII). 29. Iand. 11–14: Α ρ λιος Πτωλ ον υ ς Ανουθ ου µητρ ς Ν ννας ρµ µενος π ποικ ου Αµβιουτος κτ µατος της µων περφυε ας. 30. In Sarris 2004a, 2004b, 2006. 31. , Ruffini 2008, 95 n. 3, pronofsia refers to the office (Amt); it is not an equivalent. 32. Ruffini 2008, 107. See now chapter 5, n. 50, below. 33. Cf. Mazza 2001, 179. Mazza’s pronofsia (sic) A is represented by two accounts. 34. 8, based on the list in Mazza 2001, 179.
Wine, Wealth, and the State in Late Antique Egypt: The House of Apion at Oxyrhynchus by Todd Hickey