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The Early History of Greed

  • By Richard Newhauser
$154.00
The history of avarice as the deadliest vice in western Europe has been said to begin in earnest only with the rise of capitalism or, earlier, the rise of a money economy. In this study of the early history of greed, Richard Newhauser shows that avaritia, the sin of greed for possessions, has a much longer history, and is more important for an understanding of the Middle Ages, than has previously been allowed. His examination of theological and literary texts composed between the 1st century CE and the 10th century reveals new significance in the portrayal of various kinds of greed, to the extent that by the early Middle Ages avarice was available to head the list of vices for authors engaged in the task of converting others from pagan materialism to Christian spirituality.

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    • SKU: 9780521385220
    • Manufacturer: Cambridge
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9780521385220
    • ISBN 10: 0521385229
    • Publication Date: 06/01/2004
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Author: Richard Newhauser
    • Page Count: 262
    • Width: 6.24 inches
    • Height: 0.73 inches
    • Length: 9.24 inches
    • Weight: 1.09 pounds
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