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Date(s) - 21 Sep 2017
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Columbia University Faculty House


Thursday, September 21, 7:30pm

Polly Low (University of Manchester)

“Fear, honour and profit? Rethinking the ‘balance sheet’ of Empire”

Faculty House (please check the signs in the lobby for precise location)

Dr. Low has kindly shared an abstract of her upcoming talk with us: “In this paper (which is part of a larger project on the nature of empire in the classical Greek world) I revisit a question famously explored by Moses Finley: how should we draw up the ‘balance sheet’ of empire? That is: how did imperial powers profit from their rule, and how far were these profits made at the expense of their subjects?  I explore how far the answers which Finley proposed need to be revised in the light of new evidence and new theoretical approaches to the ancient economy; and I also consider the extent to which the economic strategies vary between the different imperial (or quasi-imperial) systems visible in this period.”

The evening will begin with drinks at 5:45 PM at the first-floor lounge of Faculty House, followed by dinner at 6:15 PM. Please email our rapporteur, Jeremy Simmons (jas2392@columbia.edu) by noon on Monday, September 18th, in order to make a dinner reservation. Note that the price of the meal is $30, payable only by check to “Columbia University.” Professor Low’s lecture will begin promptly at 7:30 PM.