November 14, 2014, the workshop „The role of sacral institutions for economic development in ancient cultures” will take place in Cologne. The workshop will be hosted by the DFG research training group 1878 “Archaeology of Premodern Economies” and organised by the research line C „Sacred Institutions as economic units“.
Sacral institutions, i.e. temples, healing cults or pilgrimage centres often possessed considerable economic resources like landed property, workforce, services or monopolies. By this means, ancient sacral institutions shaped the economic structure of ancient societies. The role of such institutions for the economic development of ancient cultures will be explored systematically within the framework of the workshop by comparing different examples from the Mediterranean and the Ancient Near East. The aim of the workshop is to gather young scholars of archaeology and ancient studies to discuss cross-cultural indicators for the measurement of the impact of sacral institutions on the economy of ancient societies.
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- Date/Time: 14/11/2014, 9:30 am - 7:30 pm