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History Seminar

Cambridge Ancient History Research Seminar Lent 2020

Seminars take place on Mondays at 17:15 in Room G.21, Faculty of Classics.

Please note that the seminar on 2 March will now take place in the Bawden Room, West Court, Jesus College at 17:15.

The seminar on 9 March is postponed until next term on account of the UCU industrial action for fair pay and conditions.


20 January

Susanne Hakenbeck (Cambridge)

Inherited Privilege in Sixth-century Pannonia and Italy: A Bioarchaeological Study 


27 January

Richard Payne (Chicago)

Epigraphic Monuments and the Making of an Ethno-Empire: Iran in the Third Century CE 


3 February

Lisa Eberle (Tübingen)

Accumulation by Dispossession in Rome's Republican Empire 


10 February 

Nir Stern (Cambridge)

Dio Chrysostom and the Performance of Philosophy in Early Imperial Rome 


17 February

Andrew Wallace-Hadrill (Cambridge)

The Resilience of the Ancient City


22 February 



2 March - Bawden Room, West Court, Jesus College

Takashi Fujii (Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan)

Hellenistic and Imperial Cyprus: What was it like to be civic?


Postponed to Easter Term

Paul Millett (Cambridge)

Lending and Borrowing Revisited



9-10 July 2020

Athens: Economy & Democracy Conference (in honour of P. Millett)

Faculty of Classics and Downing College, Cambridge

Organisers: Daniel Jew (National University of Singapore), Sitta von Reden (Freiburg), Robin Osborne (Cambridge)  

This conference marks the retirement of Paul Millett, one of the most prominent of Finley’s students in economic history. We seek to focus on the city illuminated by Paul’s work: to attempt to understand the operation of the Athenian economy in detail, and to investigate its relationship to the structures, institutions and practices of democracy.

Planned lines of inquiry include women, work and leisure; religion and the economy; archaeology and democracy; slavery; behavioural economics; costs of living; lending and borrowing; trade and markets; luxury goods; wealth distribution; and property and aristocratic power.

Speakers: Claire Taylor (Wisconsin-Madison), Emily Greenwood (Yale), Emily Mackil (Berkeley), Jon Hesk (St Andrews), Jonathan Hall (Chicago), Mark Lawall (Manitoba), Moritz Hinsch (Humboldt), Noémie Villacèque (Reims), Paulin Ismard (Panthéon-Sorbonne), Ralph Anderson (St Andrews).

All welcome. If you wish to attend, please contact Daniel Jew ( 

(Please see notice here for further details.)

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