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2018 Annual Meeting

Denver, CO

Meeting Begins11/17/2018
Meeting Ends11/21/2018

Call for Papers Opens: 12/18/2017
Call for Papers Closes: 3/6/2018

Requirements for Participation

Early Christianity and the Ancient Economy

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Early Christianity and Ancient Economy program unit sponsors three research areas that explore the increasing, and timely, turn to the economic in the study of ancient social, cultural, and intellectual history. The first research area involves a study of all the major aspects of the economy in the ancient world, especially the Roman Empire. The second research area examines early Christianity from the first to the fifth centuries CE both in relationship to the ancient economy and in regard to its own economic aspects. The third research area focuses on issues of method and theory in the study of ancient economies. Both synchronic and diachronic studies are encouraged, as are contributions focused on specific issues (such as money, texts, authors, themes, and events). Paper proposals for all three research areas are welcomed, especially those that make use of papyri, inscriptions, and other realia. Three sessions are planned for the Denver meeting. The first is an open session consisting of papers submitted in response to this call for papers in any of the three research areas. The second session will consist of papers continuing our 2017 exploration of extra-mercantile transfers of currency, people, goods, and services (especially tribute, taxation, looting, and enslavement). The third session will focus on the economic life of particularly important commodities (e.g., wine, olive oil, and fish) within and beyond the market.

Program Unit Chairs

David Hollander
Thomas R. Blanton IV

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