Sunday, January 10, 2021


Idle Mouths

A.H.M. Jones, The Later Roman Empire, Vol. II (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1964), p. 933:
Economically the church was an additional burden, which steadily increased in weight, on the limited resources of the empire. The huge army of clergy and monks were for the most part idle mouths, living upon offerings, endowments and state subsidies.

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