n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - Γαιοκτησία στο θεσσαλικό κάμπο και αγροτική οικονομία στη ρωμαϊκη-βυζαντινή : research article

Volume 94, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



This article examines the ownership of land and the rural economy in Thessaly from the Roman period up to the end of the Tourkokratia. The distinction between the powerful, rich occupants and the defeated, weak and poor labourers that depended on the former group has been a recurring phenomenon throughout the ages. The feudal lords of diverse and various ethnic origins controlled the Thessalian lands. Whenever Thessalian cultivators expressed the wish to own their own land, they were faced by the objection of the lords. By the beginning of the 20th century gradually the feudal system ceased to exist when the Greek State expropriated the land and redistributed it among its 'rightful' cultivators.

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