This week’s focus: Rural Lives and Landscapes in Late Byzantium, by Sharon Gerstel

Sharon Gerstel Rural Lives and Landscapes in late ByzantiumThis week we focus on Sharon Gerstel’s book, shortlisted for this year’s award.

From the book jacket:

“This is the first book to examine the Late Byzantine peasantry through written, archaeological, ethnographic, and painted sources. […] The village is a micro-society, with its own social and economic hierarchies. This text reveals lesser-known individuals – such as the miller and the witch – through written and painted sources.”

Tomorrow, we bring you an excerpt from the book. Later in the week, you can look forward to a very interesting interview about Ms. Gerstel’s experiences as an archaeologist and decipherer of Greece’s past.

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