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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

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

Religious Pollution: negotiating extremes in Greek antiquity

Oct 20, 2018

Faculty of Classics, Room G.19

B Club

Oct 22, 2018

1.11

Ancient History Seminar

Oct 22, 2018

G.21

The King with the Bling

Oct 23, 2018

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cast Gallery

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Gildersleeve Prize 2017

Oct 11, 2018

The Faculty is delighted to report that the Gildersleeve Prize in 2017 has been presented to Dr Max Leventhal.

Second CREWS Conference: Call for Papers

Jun 27, 2018

We are pleased to announce the second CREWS conference, to take place Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th of March 2019. ‘Exploring the Social and Cultural Contexts of Historic Writing Systems’ aims to look at writing systems’ place in society and culture.

The Cambridge Philological Society Prize 2019 and 2020

Jun 27, 2018

The Cambridge Philological Society is pleased to announce the establishment of a prize for the best submitted article by a graduate student or early-career researcher.

Research Associate (Assistant Editor, Oxford History of the Archaic Greek World)

Jun 22, 2018

Details of how to apply for this one year fixed term post are now available online, Closing date 23 July 2018.

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