The seminar, jointly organized by a specialist in Economic History and a Classicist, will
give an introduction into theoretical and methodological questions of Ancient Economic
History. The field poses particular problems of method in dealing with sources fragmentary
and not offering themselves to statistical analysis. Furthermore, it raises general questions
of theory: can models familiar from Modern Economic History be applied, piece and parcel,
to the Ancient World – or are we in need of a different theoretical framework? Do
terms such as money, banks or even markets apply in an ancient context? And does ancient
economic behaviour follow the same logics one assumes in modern contexts? The seminar
gives an overview over classical topics of Ancient Greek and Roman economies as well as
an introduction into the most recent literature in the field.
The seminar will partly be given on special dates, to be determined with the participants