In the Classical Period and the Decadent Period, land owned privately, not leased from the imperial estate. A more secure form of wealth, possession of freehold land makes a family secure, and independent of patronage. Such families tend to settle down as country squires, hoping for at most a post as hypokrites, and not pursuing careers at court.

Vast freeholds (such as some abbeys and dynastia/ possess) bring power, and are a source of patronage on a local scale: //polites will vie for leases on parts of them in the way that the eupatridai vie for leases on the imperial estate.

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