Tue, 30.04.2024 11:00

The end of senatorial wealth in Merovingian Gaul

2nd IMAFO Alumni Lecture by Ian N. Wood

LEIC-6BAA60 Merovingian tremissis; Portable Antiquities Scheme from London, England

The wealth of the late Roman aristocracy has been the subject of debate in recent years.  The debate, however, has not looked beyond the fifth century.  Evidence from the seventh century reveals that in southern Aquitaine, at least, senatorial families preserved property holdings comparable to those of their late-Roman counterparts down to the mid seventh century, and in one instance we can trace the survival of senatorial wealth down to the mid-eighth century.  The main cause of the alienation of senatorial wealth in the seventh and eighth centuries, as in the fifth, would seem to have been piety, although there is also evidence that the expansion of Pippinid power into Aquitaine was a further cause of disruption.




Tuesday, 30 April 2024
11:00 am

Seminar Room 1+2, 3rd Floor
Postsparkasse, Georg-Coch-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna


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