Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Los Rebanos De Gerion: Pastores Y Transchumanica En Iberia Antigua Y Medieval

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Los Rebanos De Gerion: Pastores Y Transchumanica En Iberia Antigua Y Medieval

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Los rebanos de Gerion: pastures y transhumanica en Iberia antigua y medieval, ed. Joaquin Gomez-Pantoja, Collection de la Casa de Velazquez 73 (Madrid: Casa de Velazquez, 2001). xiii + 348 pp. ISBN 84-95555-17-4. euro30.05.

This volume, picturesquely entitled 'The herds of Gereon' and with a picture of a contented-looking flock of sheep on the cover, contains the proceedings of a conference held in the Casa de Velazquez in Madrid in 1996, which was intended in the best Annales-inspired manner to take a look at the long-term role and functioning of transhumance and the pastoral economy in the Iberian Peninsula. The dimensions of the longue duree envisaged extend from the beginnings of the Bronze Age up to the end of the Middle Ages. As an intention this is admirable, as there can be no doubt that pastoralism and transhumance were central to the economy of much of the western half of the peninsula throughout this period. In practice, limitations of evidence and the particular research interests of the invited contributors have led to a chronological coverage that is less than even. Not surprisingly in the light of the greater availability of sources, the early Roman period and the later Middle Ages provide the main focus of attention, each having four of the total of twelve articles in the book devoted to them. These include items on the role played by long-established herders' trails in spreading Romanization (by Carmen Alfaro Giner) and on the impact of the Roman conquest on transhumance patterns (by the editor), on the one hand, and on later medieval developments in animal husbandry (by Maria Asenjo Gonzalez) on the other. …

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