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The countryside in late Roman Europe was organized into large agricultural estates called 'latifundia'. These were originally owned by absentee urban aristocrats who hired professional managers to direct teams of slaves. Toward the end of the Roman empire, the simplification of society during the fall led the population to return to the countryside, and made slave labor much harder to obtain. The landowners responded by offering free citizens a portion of their latifundia in exchange for a labor obligation. Over time these farmers lost their independence to varying degrees and evolved into medieval peasants.

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