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Dr Manuela Dal Borgo

Dr Manuela Dal Borgo

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

Director of Studies in Economics, Newnham College

Faculty of Classics
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge
CB3 9DA

Areas of expertise

Ancient History (C):

Research Interests

The title of my postdoctoral fellowship is “Economics in Archaic and Classical Greek Warfare”. This project asks how war affected economic strategies in archaic and classical Greece. Arguably the two biggest factors in altering how money and resources were invested and allocated were warfare and political ideology. But in what circumstances and to what effects were theoretical models preferred to pragmatic responses?

With the help of game theory, which is essentially a modern mathematical theory of conflict and cooperation, I will attempt to elucidate the evolution of economic strategies over a 400-year period in various city-states. By offering a critical interdisciplinary perspective in the emerging field of the economics of ancient war this project will contribute to a deeper understanding of ancient socio-economic history.

 

My doctoral work laid the foundations for the postdoc as it analysed in detail game theoretic models and how to apply them to ancient history.

The thesis title is “Thucydides, Father of Game Theory” and it models historical war narrative with game theory. The thesis identifies a variety of culturally corrected behavioural models.

Upcoming events

Ancient History Seminar

Jan 22, 2018

G.21

Classical Archaeology Seminar

Jan 23, 2018

Room 1.04

Philology and Linguistics Seminar

Jan 24, 2018

Room 1.11

Literature Seminar

Jan 24, 2018

Room 1.04

Philosophy Seminar

Jan 25, 2018

Room 1.11

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