Palgrave Studies in Ancient Economies

Complexity Economics

Building a New Approach to Ancient Economic History

Editors: Verboven, Koenraad (Ed.)

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  • Explores how economic historians of the Roman world can integrate economic models and archaeological data
  • Engages with various theoretical debates in Roman economic history
  • Provides case studies from Italy and the highly urbanized eastern half of the empire
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Economic archaeology and ancient economic history have boomed the past decades. The former thanks to greatly enhanced techniques to identify, collect, and interpret material remains as proxies for economic interactions and performance; the latter by embracing the frameworks of new institutional economics. Both disciplines, however, still have great difficulty talking with each other. There is no reliable method to convert ancient proxy-data into the economic indicators used in economic history. In turn, the shared cultural belief-systems underlying institutions and the symbolic ways in which these are reproduced remain invisible in the material record. This book explores ways to bring both disciplines closer together by building a theoretical and methodological framework to evaluate and integrate archaeological proxy-data in economic history research. Rather than the linear interpretations offered by neoclassical or neomalthusian models, we argue that complexity economics, based on system theory, offers a promising way forward. 


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Koenraad Verboven is Professor of Ancient History at Ghent University, Belgium. He has published extensively on ancient social and economic history, including the monograph The Economy of Friends: Economic Aspects of Amicitia and Patronage in the Late Republic and six edited volumes on Roman economic and legal history.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction: Finding a New Approach to Ancient Proxy Data

    Pages 1-18

    Verboven, Koenraad

  • Playing by Whose Rules? Institutional Resilience, Conflict and Change in the Roman Economy

    Pages 21-51

    Verboven, Koenraad

  • Networks as Proxies: A Relational Approach Towards Economic Complexity in the Roman Period

    Pages 53-103

    Preiser-Kapeller, Johannes

  • Evaluating the Potential of Computational Modelling for Informing Debates on Roman Economic Integration

    Pages 105-123

    Brughmans, Tom

  • Visualising Roman Institutional Environments for Exchange as a Complex System

    Pages 125-159

    Haklai, Merav

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Complexity Economics
Book Subtitle
Building a New Approach to Ancient Economic History
Editors
  • Koenraad Verboven
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Ancient Economies
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-47898-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-47898-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-47897-1
Series ISSN
2752-3292
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 363
Number of Illustrations
70 b/w illustrations
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