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Barbara Kowalzig: Religion and Cross-Cultural Trade in the Ancient Mediterranean

January 30, 2013
5:15 – 7:00 pm
Building 110, Room 112
Picking up on the lively debate about the interrelation of institutional and economic change in medieval and early modern history, this talk explores how religion fundamentally enables cross-cultural trade within a system of interacting polytheisms in the ancient Mediterranean. Integrating approaches from the humanities and the social sciences, it proposes that religious beliefs, practices and institutions regulate economic processes, but rather than limiting change, they support economic growth.
Barbara Kowalzig is Associate Professor of Classics and History at New York University and a Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center during 2012-13. She is currently working on a book entitled ‘Gods around the Pond: Religion, Society and the Sea in the Early Mediterranean Economy’.