Walter Scheidel
Dickason Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Classics and History, Stanford University

I pursue a cross-cultural comparative perspective that puts Greco-Roman history in a broader context. Only comparisons with other civilizations make it possible to distinguish common features from culturally specific or unique characteristics and developments, help us to identify variables that were critical to particular historical outcomes, and allow us to assess the nature of ancient Mediterranean societies within the wider context of pre-modern world history. For these reasons, I am trying to study key institutions cross-culturally, focusing on the interrelated themes of economic development, empire, and slavery. Together with my Stanford colleagues Ian Morris and Richard Saller, I co-edited the Cambridge Economic History of the Greco-Roman World. This project has been complemented by a companion volume on the Roman economy edited by myself. Ian Morris and I were the editors of a volume on the dynamics of ancient empires that had grown out of a series of conferences sponsored by Stanford’s Social Science History Institute. Together with Peter Bang of the University of Copenhagen, I have completed a handbook of state formation in the ancient Near East and Mediterranean, and I edited a general handbook of Roman studies jointly with my colleague Alessandro Barchiesi. In addition, I have launched an international research initiative promoting comparative study of imperial states in the ancient Mediterranean and ancient China that has resulted in a pair of collaborative volumes bringing together experts from different areas. This project has been complemented by a year-long research seminar and a workshop on what I have proposed to call the ‘First Great Divergence’ between eastern and western Eurasia in the second half of the first millennium CE. Starting in 2009, my comparative history initiative has been expanding to encompass a wider range of early empires and draw on the resources of several partner institutions. This has led to a new project, a comprehensive world history of empires to be co-edited with Peter Bang and Chris Bayly. I am also working on theoretical models for the study of ancient empires. In addition, I have co-edited conference volumes on fiscal regimes in early states (with Andrew Monson) and the global history of slavery (with John Bodel).

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Asbury J. Clarke Professor of Classical Studies, Dickinson College
德堡大学古典系副教授、系主任, 上海师范大学上海千人计划特聘教授
Professor of Classical Studies, Dickinson College

Advisory Board

Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Classics, University of Chicago
上海师范大学世界史教授 主要研究希腊化时代
Davidson Kennedy Professor of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History, Harvard University
Dickason Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Classics and History, Stanford University

Editorial Board

浙江大学历史系讲师 主要研究古希腊史和修昔底德
浙江大学哲学系讲师 教授古希腊语,古希腊文化和亚里士多德哲学
复旦大学历史系教授,系主任 主要研究古代希腊史
北京大学英语系讲师 主要研究《荷马史诗》与《希腊悲剧》
东北师范大学亚洲文明研究院副教授 主要研究希腊宗教和希腊神话
南京大学历史系讲师 教授罗马史和拉丁铭文
人民大学历史系教授 主要研究古希腊历史,现主要研究古希腊人的种族认同
东北师范大学古代史研究所希腊语拉丁语教授 , 现致力于翻译修昔底德著作和古希腊铭文
复旦大学历史系教授 , 现研究荷马与赫西俄德撰写的早期希腊诗歌和现代中国文化对古希腊神话接纳

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