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Peasant and Empire in Christian North Africa

Leslie Dossey


This history foregrounds the most marginal sector of the Roman population—the provincial peasantry—to paint a picture of peasant society. Making use of detailed archaeological and textual evidence, the book examines the peasantry in relation to the upper classes in Christian North Africa, tracing that region's social and cultural history from Punic times to the eve of the Islamic conquest. The author demonstrates that during the period when Christianity was spreading to both city and countryside in North Africa, a convergence of economic interests narrowed the gap between the rustici and the u ... More

Keywords: peasant society, archaeological evidence, textual evidence, upper classes, social history, cultural history, Punic times, Islamic conquest, rustici, urbani

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780520254398
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520254398.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leslie Dossey, author