Introduction and Acknowledgements

  • Gerasimos Merianos
  • George Gotsis
Part of the New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture book series (NABHC)


The introduction deals with the research questions, the underlying assumptions and the problems concerning Greek Church Fathers’ views on the management of financial resources in urban environments in the Eastern Mediterranean from the late first to the fifth century. Hoarding and saving are phenomena endemic to human economic behaviour. Recent studies approach these practices through the distinct lenses of economic psychology, economic history, economic theory and numismatics. The introduction examines an indicative bibliography that highlights the acquisitive nature of hoarding, as well as the function of saving as a response to the unpredictability of the future.


Greek Church Fathers Economic ethics Hoarding (economic, psychological and historical dimensions) Hoarding, saving and investing Hoards 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Historical ResearchNational Hellenic Research FoundationAthensGreece
  2. 2.Department of History and Philosophy of ScienceNational and Kapodistrian University of Athens AthensGreece

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