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  Long-Term Quantification in Ancient Mediterranean History


This conference, generously supported by the Francqui Foundation, comes as a happy consequence of the Francqui Prize awarded in 2007 to François de Callataÿ for his research on quantification in Greco-Roman numismatics.
A first conference has already been devoted to this specific theme: ‘Quantifying monetary supplies in Greco-Roman times’ (Rome, Academia Belgica, September 29th and 30th, 2008).
The Brussels conference will enlarge the scope both chronologically (from Babylonian times to Middle Ages) and thematically (beyond numismatics). Seventeen leading experts will present original papers including case-studies as well as methodological thought about quantification itself (see the abstracts).

When Thursday 15th and Friday 16th October 2009
Where Auditorium Lippens
Royal Library of Belgium
Boulevard de l'Empereur, 2
1000 Brussels
Registration Free


  • François de Callataÿ (Royal Library of Belgium/Université Libre de Bruxelles)
    Long-term quantification in ancient history: a historical perspective - pdf

  • Claude Diebolt (CNRS - Université de Strasbourg)
    The stakes of cliometrics in ancient history - pdf

  • Neville S. Morley (Bristol University)
    Orders of Magnitude, Margins of error - pdf

  • Gerassimos George Aperghis (University College London)
    Creating a long-term computer model for an ancient economy - pdf

  • Robert J. van der Spek (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
    On the efficiency of markets for agricultural products in pre-industrial societies: The case of Babylonia c. 400 – c. 60 BC. - pdf

  • Alain Bresson (University of Chicago)
    Grain, market and agricultural production in Greece: ancient and modern data - pdf

  • Josiah Ober (Stanford University)
    Explaining performance in the polis system - pdf

  • Didier Viviers (Université libre de Bruxelles)
    Demography and ancient towns : questions and difficulties - pdf

  • Michael Crawford (University College, London)
    Price relativities in the Greco-Roman world - pdf

  • Peter Temin (MIT Boston)
    Price Behavior in the Roman Empire - pdf

  • Elio Lo Cascio (Università degli studi di Roma la Sapienza) and Paolo Malanima (Università degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria)
    Per capita GDP in the Roman economy: a revision of the estimates - pdf

  • Willem Jongman (Universiteit van Groningen)
    The new economic history of the Roman Empire - pdf

  • Geoffrey Kron (University of Victoria [Canada])
    Comparative evidence and the reconstruction of the ancient economy: Greco-Roman housing and the level and distribution of wealth and income - pdf

  • Andrew Wilson (All Souls College - Oxford)
    Quantifying Roman economic perfomance by means of proxies : pitfalls and potential - pdf

  • Roger S. Bagnall (New York University)
    Late Roman Data Collection - pdf

  • Jean-Pierre Devroey (Université libre de Bruxelles)
    Mesurer et compter dans les écrits de gestion carolingiens de part et d'autre des Alpes - pdf

  • Walter Scheidel (Stanford University)
    4,000 years of wages and well-being - pdf


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