Households as Communities? Oikoi and Poleis in Byzantine Egypt

Roberta Mazza

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The article addresses the question of the role of great landowners and large estates (oikoi) in the political and institutional life of cities in Byzantine Egypt. Through the discussion of the papyrological evidence, the author concludes that the crucial role of these institutions and social actors in the province has to be interpreted as a means of integration of different social strata into the State and not according to a ‘feudal model’ as some authors have previously sustained.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolitical Culture in the Greek City after the Classical Age
Place of PublicationLeuven - Paris - Walpole, MA
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Byzantine Egypt, city, late antiquity, community


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