Um grande latifundário entregou um pedaço de terra a um pobre rústico, até a morte dele, ou até tres gerações
Tese: os bárbaros entraram nessa forma, de modo que ela virou uma das „pontes“ ao feudalismo
Fonte: Salvian(us) de Marseille: (* um 400 d. C. perto de Trier/Köln, + 480)
Such is the case among almost all the lower classes […]: […] They must endure the frequent, even continuous, ruin of state requisitions, […]; […] new contributions and tax levies are decreed. The mighty determine what sums the poor shall pay; the favor of the rich decrees what the masses of the lowly shall lose; for they themselves are not at all involved in these exactions. […]
[…] in proportion as the lesser men are weighed down by new tributes, they are relieved by “new remedies”:
They put themselves under the care and protection of the powerful, make themselves the surrendered captives of the rich and so pass under their jurisdiction. Still I should not consider this a serious or unfitting procedure; on the contrary, I should laud the public spirit of the powerful to whom the poor entrust themselves, if they did not sell their patronage, if the defence they claim to give the poor were due to their humanity and not to their greed.