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Archaeological Institute of America Lectures

Oct 23, 2014Jan 28, 2015

The Garden of Flora: New Discoveries in the Roman Seaside Villas of Stabiae near Pompeii

Dr. Thomas Howe, Southwestern University, Texas

Thursday, October 23, 2014

6 pm  Eugene Public Library

100 W. 10th Avenue


Risky Business:  Buying and Selling Goods in Ancient Amphoras

Dr. Mark Lawall, University of Manitoba

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

6 pm Eugene Public Library

100 W. 10th Avenue

Winter term 2015 courses

Oct 31, 2014Jan 5, 2015

Winter Term 2015 courses


CLAS 399: Archaeology of Ancient Economy (21583)

MWF 1300-1350

Taught by Visiting Assistant Professor Noah Kaye

Bank crashes, credit crises, crop failures, food shortages, de-industrialization, and re-industrialization — we are living in economically turbulent times. We may not be able to predict where the economy is going, but historians and archaeologists have been able to offer perspectives from the past. We search for origins: When and where was debt born? Since when does money make the world go round? And we look for analogies: Was there ever “globalization” in the much tinier world of Antiquity? Were there ancient trade wars? We also try to uncover the path to the modern economy — and the roads not taken along the way. This course applies the tools of modern economic history, sociology, and anthropology to the complex societies and economies of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Near East. You learn to glean economic data from archaeological findings and represent it in visual form. You learn how to compare economic decisions across cultures. You evaluate the role of economic institutions — banks, regulatory regimes, informal and formal associations of bakers, traders, and warehousemen — in the historical performance of economies. Echoes of the economy reverberate through history. You will discover economic problems and agendas behind the famous faces of the classical past, logics of history that illuminate more recent times. Key topics include the household, crafts, ceramics, ancient mining and metallurgy, as well as “containerization,” or weighing, measuring, and distributing commodities in the ancient world; coins and other monies; the economic impact of ancient empires; taxation and its paraphernalia.

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