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History Seminars of Greek and Roman Antiquity






The Athenians as tyrants and the Spartans as liberators in Thucydides.

A. Ramou-Xapsiadi


Ancient Greek Economy: Hellenistic and Roman Period.

S. Aneziri





Ancient Greek Economy: The Classical Period

S. Psoma



Current Research Problems of Hellenistic and Roman History


K. Buraselis



Winter Semester


Subject: The Athenians as tyrants and the Spartans as liberators in Thucydides


Summary: Using mainly Thucydides we will examine who accuse the Athenians of enslaving Greeks and of ruling like (or as) tyrants, the connection of these accusations with the proclamation of Sparta as liberator of Hellas and the conditions under which the Athenians themselves compare or identify their αρχή with tyranny. 


Selective Bibliography


Ραμού-Χαψιάδη Ά., Αρχίδαμος ο Ζευξιδάμου και η εξωτερική πολιτική της Σπάρτης επί της βασιλείας του, Αθήναι 1978.

Ραμού-Χαψιάδη Ά., Σωτήρες της Ελλάδος (Ηροδ.VΙΙ 139.5). Ναυκράτορες (Θουκ.V 97,109, VΙ 18.5), Αθήναι 1994.

Ραμού-Χαψιάδη Ά., “Λακεδαιμόνιοι Ελευθερωτές”, στο: The Contribution of Ancient Sparta to Political Thought ant Practice, edts. N.  Birgalias, K. Buraselis, P. Cartlrdge, Athens 2007, 23-31.

Bradeen D. “The popularity of the Athenian Empire”, Historia 9, 257-69

Low P., 2005, “Looking for the Language of Athenian Imperialism” JHS 125 (1960) 93-111

Meiggs R., The Athenian Empire, Oxford 1972

Raaflaub K., “Stick and Glue: The Function of Tyranny in Fifth-Century Athenian Democracy”, στο: Popular Tyranny, ed. Kathryn Morgan, University of Texas Press 2003, 59-94

Rhodes P.J., “The Delian League to 449 b.C.”, στo: The Cambridge Ancient History, 2nd edition, v. V, Cambridge 1992, 34-61

Ste. Croix G.E.M. de, “The Character of the Athenian Empire”, Historia 3 (1954-55) 1-41

Ste. Croix G.E.M. de., The Origins of the Peloponnesian War, London 1972

Tuplin Chr., “Imperial Tyranny: Some Reflections on a Classical Greek Political Metaphor”, στο: P. Cartledge & F. Harvey (επιμ.) Crux, Essays in Greek History presented to G.E.M. de Ste. Croix on his 75th birthday, London 1985, 348-75



Winter Semester


Subject: Ancient Greek Economy: Hellenistic and Roman Period


Summary: This seminar deals with the Greek economy of the Hellenistic and Roman times. Following topics will be examined: the economy of cities, sanctuaries, monarchies and the Roman state, public and sacred revenues, expenditures and accounts, the investment of movable and landed property, taxation, commercial exchanges, credit and businesses. The seminar will also examine issues pertaining to the public control and protection of the markets and their people, the role of women and slaves in the economy, the measures against crises. These economic issues will be placed in their historical and social context.


Selective Bibliography


Aperghis G. G., The Seleukid Royal Economy. The Finances and Financial Administration of the Seleukid Empire, Cambridge 2004

Archibald Z. H. - Davies J. K. - Gabrielsen V. (επιμ.), The Economies of Hellenistic Societies, Third to First Centuries BC, Oxford 2011

Bogaert R., Banques et banquiers dans les cités grecques, Leyde 1968

Descat R. (επιμ.), Αpproches de l’économie hellénistique, Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges 2006

Dignas B., Economy of the Sacred in Hellenistic and Roman Asia Minor, Oxford 2002

Harris E. M. - Lewis D. M. - Woolmer M., The Ancient Greek Economy: markets, households and city – states, Cambridge 2016

Migeotte L., Les finances des cités grecques aux périodes classique et hellénistique, Paris 2014

Rostovtzeff M. I., The social and economic history of the Hellenistic world, Oxford 1941

Rostovtzeff M. I., The social and economic history of the Roman Empire, 2η έκδ., Oxford 1957

Schwarz H., Soll oder Haben? Die Finanzwirtschaft kleinasiatischer Städte  in der römischen Kaiserzeit am Beispiel von Bithynien, Lykien und Ephesos, Bonn 2001



Spring semester

Subject: Ancient Greek Economy: The Classical Period


Summary: The aim of the seminar is to concentrate on the economy of Greek cities during the Classical period. It will be mainly based in three contemporary manuals of economy: the second book of the Oeconomica of [Aristotle], the Poroi (De vecticalibus) of Xenophon and the Oikonomikos of the same author. Epigraphic documents from the same period as well as evidence deriving from civic coinages and the numismatic policy of cities will also be examined. Athens and other cities will be studied, as well as the organization of civic finances, trade and banking. For these information comes mainly from the corpus demosthenicum and a number of inscriptions.

Selective Bibliography


Bogaert R., Banques et banquiers dans les cités grecques, Leyde 1968.

Chankowski V., Athènes et Délos a l'époque classique: recherches sur l'administration du sanctuaire d'Apollon délien, Athènes 2008.

Finley M. I., Studies in land and credit in ancient Athens, 500-200 B.C.: the horos inscriptions, New Brunswick, U.S.A 19852.

Gauthier Ph., Un commentaire historique des Poroi de Xenophon. Genève – Paris, 1976  

Groningen B. A. van, Aristote. Le second livre de l' Economique, Leyde 1933.

Harris E. M. - Lewis D. M. - Woolmer M., The Ancient Greek Economy: markets, households and city – states. Cambridge 2016.

Millett P.,  Lending and borrowing in ancient Athens, Cambridge 1991.

Stroud R.S., The Athenian grain-tax law of 374/3 B.C., Princeton 1998.

Verboven K., Vandorpe K., Chankowski V. (eds), Pistoi dia tèn technèn:. bankers, loans and archives in the ancient world: studies in honour of Raymond Bogaert, Leuven 2008.



Spring Semester


Subject: Current Research Problems of Hellenistic and Roman History.


Summary: New (especially epigraphic) texts and publications on Hellenistic and Roman History will be discussed. The final precise themes of the sessions will be co- defined by the participants' interests.


Selective Bibliography


Ι. ΕλληνιστικήΙστορία/ Hellenistic History


Gehrke H.-J., Geschichte des Hellenismus, München 1990 (ελλ. μετ. Αγγ. Χανιώτη, εποπτεία Κ. Μπουραζέλη, Αθήνα 2000

Green P., From Alexander to Actium. The Historical Evolution of the Hellenistic Age, Berkeley 1990

Préaux Cl., Le monde hellénistique, La Grèce et l`Orient (323-146 av. J.-C.), I-II, Paris 1978

Shipley G., The Greek World after Alexander (323-30 BC), London 1999

Walbank F.W., The Hellenistic World, Glasgow 1993 (ελλ. μετ. Τ. Δαρβέρη, επιμέλεια Λ. Μυλωνόπουλου - Π. Νίγδελη, Θεσσαλονίκη 1993

Walbank F.W. et al. (eds.), The Cambridge Ancient History 2: vol. VII.1, The Hellenistic World, Cambridge 1984.

Will Éd., Histoire politique du monde hellénistique (323-30 av. J.-C.), I-II, Nancy 1982.

ΙΙ. Ρωμαϊκή Ιστορία/ Roman History


Μπουραζέλης, Κ. Οι τρόφιμοι της λύκαινας. Συνοπτική ιστορία των Ρωμαίων και της πολιτείας τους από την ίδρυση της Ρώμης έως και την εποχή του Διοκλητιανού (753 π.Χ.-305 μ.Χ.), Αθήνα (ΜΙΕΤ) 2007

Bengtson H., Grundriss der römischen Geschichte mit Quellenkunde. I. Republik und Kaiserzeit bis 284 n. Chr., München 1982

Crawford M., The Roman Republic, Cambridge (Mass.) 1992

Dahlheim W., Die griechisch-römische Antike, Bd. 2. Stadt und Imperium: Die Geschichte Roms und seines Weltreiches, Paderborn 1992

Jacques F.- Scheid J., Rome et l’intégration de l’Empire (44 av. J.-C.-260 ap. J.-C.). 1. Les structures de l’empire romain, Paris 1990

Garnsey P.- Saller R., The Roman Empire. Economy, Society and Culture, Berkeley 1987

Goodman M., The Roman World (44 BC-AD 180), London 1997

Lintott An., Imperium Romanum. Politics and Administration, London 1993

Nicolet Cl., e.o, Rome et la conquête du monde méditerranéen, 1-2, Paris 1979, 1978

Rostovtseff, M., The Social and Economic History of the Roman Empire, Second edition revised by P.M. Fraser, Oxford 1957

Wells C., The Roman Empire, Cambridge (Mass.) 1992