A few remarks on the ransom paid for releasing captives in selected early Byzantine hagiographic texts

Ireneusz Milewski

Abstract

The article analyzes certain early Byzantine hagiographic texts concerning various forms of brigandage(both maritime and land-based). Two such accounts are studied in detail, one by Gerontius of Jerusalem and another by Theodoret of Cyrus. The instances described unveil the weakness of Roman state structures at the borders of the state as well as in lands harassed by barbarian raids, including piracy. Despite certain flaws (mostly the lack of precision), the accounts under discussion constitute valuable and reliable sources of historical knowledge.
Author Ireneusz Milewski (FH / IH)
Ireneusz Milewski,,
- Institute of History
Journal seriesStudia Ceranea. Journal of the Waldemar Ceran Research Centre for the History and Culture of the Mediterranean Area and South-East Europe, ISSN 2084-140X, e-ISSN 2449-8378, (B 9 pkt)
Issue year2017
Vol7
Pages151-159
Publication size in sheets0.8
Keywords in Englishlate antiquity, early Byzantium, brigandage in antiquity, money
DOIDOI:10.18778/2084–140X.07.10
URL http://hdl.handle.net/11089/24646
Languageen angielski
LicenseRepository; published final; Uznanie Autorstwa - Użycie Niekomercyjne - Bez utworów zależnych (CC-BY-NC-ND); with publication
Score (nominal)9
ScoreMinisterial score = 9.0, 21-05-2018, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 9.0, 21-05-2018, ArticleFromJournal
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