Private property and state finances. The emperor's right to donate his subjects' land in the Comnenian period

Kostis Smyrlis

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    Abstract

    The question of the respect of private property in Byzantium is examined through the analysis of a series of confiscations of real estate situated in Constantinople, which were carried out from 1082 to 1202 in favour of the Italian republics of Venice, Pisa and Genoa. It is argued that these confiscations were not arbitrary but justified by the circumstances. Finally, these expropriations are set against the developments in the system by which the state remunerated its servants in the period after the eleventh century, increasingly by land grants.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)115-132
    Number of pages18
    JournalByzantine and Modern Greek Studies
    Volume33
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Sep 1 2009

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Cultural Studies
    • Language and Linguistics
    • History
    • Linguistics and Language
    • Literature and Literary Theory

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