Astrid Möller

Astrid Möller (PhD FU Berlin 1990, MSt oxoniensis 1988) is Associate Professor of Ancient History at the Albert-Ludwigs-University at Freiburg i. Br. Her areas of research include ancient Greek economic history, Greek historiography and chronography, and hermeneutics (among other the use of fake documents).



Lecture’s title: The Ethics of Subsistence Economy: Hesiod’s Erga

Hesiod in writing his Erga aimed at fixing the ethical norms of a successful agrarian society. Hesiod’s epos represents a valuable source for the rules, sanctions and strategies of solving conflicts of a community living at subsistence level in Greece around 700 BC. In looking at Hesiod’s advices for managing an oikos well, the ethics of competition and the idea of reciprocity will be focussed.

  • Thursday 8 March 2018, 9:00-11:00, EHESS (room 1) - 105 Boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris


Lecture’s title: Gift-Giving in the Homeric Epics

One of the many examples of gift-giving in the Homeric epics is the exchange of weapons by Glaukos and Diomedes. Since antiquity, this exchange raised many questions and prompted many possible answers. By using some of the latest discussions and proposals in understanding gift-exchange, I shall take a fresh look at this intricate problem.

  • Tuesday 13 March 2018, 9:00-11:00, INHA - 2 rue Vivienne 75002 Paris


Value and Counter Value

Starting from the assumption that prices in antiquity were not necessarily the result of an offer-demand-price-mechanism, but the outcome of different aspects and criteria of assessment which are determined by the social and cultural status of goods or services and the web of social interaction, some ideas on ancient price formation will be proposed and a provisional typology of prices attempted.

  • Thursday 15 March 2018, 9:00-11:00, EHESS (room 1) - 105 Boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris


Naukratis revisited

Since the discovery of Thonis-Heracleion off the Egyptian coast northeast of Alexandria in 2001, the status of the emporion Naukratis in the western Nile Delta is yet again open to discussion. In revisiting Naukratis, the position of the Greeks at Naukratis in the Egyptian context and the interconnection with Thonis-Heracleion will be reconsidered.

  • Thursday 22 March 2018, 9:00-11:00, EHESS (room 1) - 105 Boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris