Managing Financial Resources in Late Antiquity

Greek Fathers' Views on Hoarding and Saving

  • Gerasimos Merianos
  • George Gotsis

Part of the New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture book series (NABHC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Gerasimos Merianos, George Gotsis
    Pages 1-13
  3. Gerasimos Merianos, George Gotsis
    Pages 15-41
  4. Gerasimos Merianos, George Gotsis
    Pages 159-195
  5. Gerasimos Merianos, George Gotsis
    Pages 197-205
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 207-257

About this book


This book examines the views of Greek Church Fathers on hoarding, saving, and management of economic surplus, and their development primarily in urban centres of the Eastern Mediterranean, from the late first to the fifth century. The study shows how the approaches of Greek Fathers, such as Clement of Alexandria, Basil of Caesarea, John Chrysostom, Isidore of Pelusium, and Theodoret of Cyrrhus, to hoarding and saving intertwined with stances toward the moral and social obligations of the wealthy. It also demonstrates how these Fathers responded to conditions and practices in urban economic environments characterized by sharp inequalities. Their attitudes reflect the gradual widening of Christian congregations, but also the consequences of the socio-economic evolution of the late antique Eastern Roman Empire. Among the issues discussed in the book are the justification of wealth, alternatives to hoarding, and the reception of patristic views by contemporaries.


Greek Church Fathers Eastern Mediterranean Christianity Eastern Roman Empire Late Antiquity Patristic economic thought Late Roman economy

Authors and affiliations

  • Gerasimos Merianos
    • 1
  • George Gotsis
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Historical ResearchNational Hellenic Research FoundationAthensGreece
  2. 2.Department of History and Philosophy of ScienceNational and Kapodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-56408-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-56409-2
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