Sitta von Reden

Sitta von Reden, Principal Investigator of the project, is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Freiburg. Her main focus of research is the economic history of the Greco-Roman world, and of Hellenistic Egypt in particular. She has published several books on the ancient economy and monetary history, such as Money in Ptolemaic Egypt (2007), and Money in Classical Antiquity (2010). She was educated at the Universities of Freiburg, Berlin and Cambridge and spent her early academic career in Britain at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Bristol. In 1995-6 she was visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, 1996-7 at the University of Cologne, and in 2013-14 she spent a year at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton/New Jersey. Before joining the University of Freiburg, she taught at the Universities of Augsburg, Münster and Munich. Since 2012 she is member of the steering committee of the German Historical Association for whom she was delegate for the 2015 Congrès International des Sciences Historiques in Jinan/Shandong, China.


Global Economic History 1200 BCE to 900 CE
Money in Classical Antiquity_A Survey of Recent Research


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Handbook of Ancient Afro-Eurasian Economies Volume 2: Local, Regional, and Imperial Economies

The second volume of the Handbook describes different extractive economies in the world regions that have been outlined in the first volume. A wide range of economic actors – from kings and armies to cities and producers – are discussed within different imperial settings as well as the tools, which enabled and constrained economic outcomes.

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Handbook of Ancient Afro-Eurasian Economies Volume 1: Contexts

The three-volume Handbook of Ancient Afro-Eurasian Economies is the main deliverable of the BaSaR project. It aims to offer a comprehensive discussion of economic development in the empires of the Afro-Eurasian world region and elucidate the conditions under which large quantities of goods and people moved across continents and between empires. Volume 1 provides succinct

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Global Economic History

This is the first attempt to write an economic history of the Afro-Eurasian region in antiquity from the first Millennium BCE to the first Millennium CE. It starts from a comparative assessment of economic structures and growth, focussing on factors such as agrarian, urban and fiscal development as well as monetization. In a second step,