Center for Interdisziplinary Research

ZiF Workshop

200 years after August Boeckh's The Public Economy of Athens – Perspectives of Economic History for the 21st Century

Date: 6 - 8 September 2017

Convenors: Sven Günther (Changchun, CHN), Dorothea Rohde (Bielefeld, GER)

Die Staatshaushaltung der Athener (The Public Economy of Athens) by the classical philologist and ancient historian August Boeckh published in 1817 marks the beginning of a systematic and interdisciplinary analysis of ancient economies and promoted the establishment of Ancient History as an academic field at universities. 200 years later, Ancient Economy is again considered as one of the most dynamic fields of ancient studies. Challenging the huge amount of different methods and theories after and following the famous but finally paralysing debate between (neo-)primitivists/substantivists and modernists/formalists on the character of ancient (Greek and Roman) economies, the ‘epoch-making’ application and combination of philological methods as well as approaches of other sciences like Epigraphy, Numismatics, Metrology and Finance by Boeckh to analyse the different sources regarding ancient economies is highly topical again. The workshop will update this interdisciplinary heritage of Boeckh by bringing together researchers of ancient history and experts of other fields, aiming at concerted papers, to take a step further towards a new ‘history of public economy of Athens’.

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