CONF: Beyond Self-Sufficiency – Households, City-States, and Markets in the Ancient Greek World

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Beyond Self-Sufficiency

Households, City-States and Markets in the Ancient Greek World
Durham, 2nd-5th July 2011

We are rapidly filling up our spaces for the ‘Beyond Self-Sufficiency’
conference, but if you wish to attend there are several spaces left;
please contact the organisers if you hope to come along:

Mark Woolmer ( mark.woolmer AT )
David Lewis ( d.m.lewis AT )

We will not be able to take any further names after 11th June; however, it
is recommended that prospective attendees let us know well before that
date as there may be no further spaces available by that point.


Saturday 2nd July

(1) 5pm-6pm E.M. Harris (Durham University)
Markets in the Ancient Greek World: A Typology

(2) 6pm-7pm J.K. Davies (Liverpool University)
Markets and Market-places in Ancient Greece

Sunday 3rd July

(3) 9am-10am C. Pébarthe (University of Bordeaux)
Beyond The Ancient Economy, ancient economics

(4) 10am-11am P. Acton (independent scholar)
The Household Mode of Production: Political Ideology or Economic

(5) 11:30-12:30 B. Ault (SUNY Buffalo)
Households and Self-Sufficiency

(6) 12:30-1:30 B. Tsakirgis (Vanderbilt University)
Whole Cloth: Exploring the Question of Self-Sufficiency through the
evidence for Textile Manufacture and Purchase in Greek Houses

(7) 3-4pm J.H. Kroll (Oxford University)
Changes in Athenian Weights Standards and Their Implications for Athenian

(8) 4-5pm S. Psoma (University of Athens)
Weight-Standards in Coinage outside Athens and Trade between Poleis

Monday 4th July

(9) 9-10am M. Lawall (University of Manitoba)
Transport Amphoras as Evidence for Motivation and Market Behaviour in the
Economies of Classical and Hellenistic Greece

(10) 10-11am C. Tzochev (independent scholar)
The Export of Thasian Amphoras and Markets in the Black Sea Region

(11) 11:30-12:30 T. Panagou (University of Athens)
Patterns of Amphora Stamp Distribution. Tracking Down Export Tendencies

(12) 12:30-1:30 M. Woolmer (Durham University)
Honours and Rewards for Merchants

(13) 3-4pm D. Lewis (Durham University)
The market for slaves from the Persian Empire in the fifth and fourth
century Aegean

(14) 4-5pm G. Kron (University of Victoria)
Classical Athenian Trade in comparative perspective: Literary and
archaeological evidence, demand and infrastructure

Tuesday 5th July

(15) 9am-10am A. Bresson (University of Chicago)
Markets and the Role of the State

(16) 10-11am P. Van Alfen (American Numismatic Society)
An Overview of Commodities in Long-Distance Trade c. 500-300 BCE

CONF: Colloquium in honour of Niall Rudd

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Monday, 13 June 2011, 1.15 pm – 6.15 pm

Bosanquet Seminar Room, School of Archaeology, Classics, and Egyptology,
12 Abercromby Square, University of Liverpool

The Department of Philosophy and the School of Archaeology, Classics,
and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool are delighted to announce
a colloquium in honour of Emeritus Professor Niall Rudd, who
successively held the Chairs of Latin at Liverpool and then at Bristol.

The programme for the afternoon is as follows:

1.15 Arrival and welcome

1.30 Fred Jones (Liverpool): ‘The Garden of Anthologies: The Roman
garden, poetry, and cognitive development’

2.20 Tony Woodman (Virginia): ‘On not writing history: Cicero and Pliny’

3.10 Richard Gaskin (Liverpool): ‘Horace and A. E. Housman’

4.00 Tea

4.30 Stephen Harrison (Corpus Christi College, Oxford): ‘George
Buchanan (1506-82) – the Scottish Horace’

5.20 Niall Rudd (Liverpool): ‘Johnson’s Latin Poems’

All welcome! There is no charge for attendance, but it would be very
helpful if those intending to come could please contact Bruce Gibson
(bjgibson AT

Elefsina Looting Followup

About a month ago we mentioned a vague item about some looting at the site of Elefsina; we now learn that arrests have been made. From ANA:

Attica prefecture security police announced late Thursday that they have solved in cooperation with Culture Ministry the April 15, 2011 case of a major theft of antiquities from the archaeological site of Elefsina.

Police located and arrested two Roma who possessed the stolen antiquities.

The perpetrators, on the night of 15 April, sneaked into the archaeological site and museum of Elefsina without being noticed by the guard and took over 50 antiquities of great value.

Following an investigation, police located the two suspects in a Roma camp in Zefyri, western Attica, and, posing as buyers, they came into contact with the two Roma suspects. A meeting was arranged, during which the two suspects were arrested and all the antiquities were retrieved.

The two detainees are currently being examined by the local prosecutor.

The Next (Il)logical Step in the Lost Crassus Army Saga

I’ve really got to start doing some serious stretching before I start reading email these days; I think I just injured myself shaking my head for the umpteenth time … from China Daily:

Construction has begun on a 200 million yuan ($30 million) project to restore the ancient town of Liqian from its ruins in Yongchang county, Northwest China’s Gansu province, local paper the Lanzhou Morning Post reported Friday.

City invests 200m yuan to restore Roman flavor

The project involves restoring the remains of an ancient fortification, strikingly similar to Roman defense structures and covering about one square kilometer. The project will bring the town back to life, with Roman-style residential buildings, a temple, a street and a square all being rebuilt.

As previously reported by the China Daily, today Liqian is a village of fewer than 100 households in Northwest China’s Gansu province with a historic link to the Roman Empire.

The remote village on the edge of the Gobi Desert captured international attention in the 1980s when media became aware some of the mainly Han residents had several unexpected physical features — wavy blond hair, hooked noses, and blue or green eyes. In other words, European features, suggesting a Roman settlement in the area at some point.

The project is expected to finish in 2013.

Of course, projects like this are only encouraged by journalistic coverage such as we’ve already mentioned:

… and by now, we ancient blogger types are used to being routinely ignored by the journalistic set: