The poor as a stratum of Jewish society in roman Palestine 70-250 CE: An analysis

Ben Zion Rosenfeld, Haim Perlmutter

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Abstract

This article proposes a new approach to sub-stratification of poverty in Jewish society of roman Palestine, according to contemporary literature, and in comparison with the findings from archaeology and literature in the roman world. The article shows that contemporary sources differentiate between five different prototypes of "poor" people according to their financial situation combined with their occupation. This finding can help shed light on the way poverty was seen by the society of the Roman Empire in general, adding to the understanding of society in the Roman Mediterranean basin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-300
Number of pages28
JournalHistoria - Zeitschrift fur Alte Geschichte
Volume60
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2011

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