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Peter Fibiger Bang

Peter Fibiger Bang

Associate Professor

Primary fields of research

- The Roman Empire

- Imperialism in world history

- The Ancient Economy

- Global and comparative history

- The reception of Greco-Roman Culture in European Civilisation

Current research

My research is situated at the interface of ancient and world history. It is focused on exploring historical comparisons between the Roman and other pre-colonial land-empires, especially the Mughal Empire of India, to suggest new ways of conceptualising the anatomy of Roman power. Topics include taxation and tribute, patrimonial lordship and the notion of Universal Empire, cosmopolitan high-culture as well as trade and economy.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Universal Empire: A Comparative Approach to Imperial Culture and Representation in Eurasian History

    Bang, P. F. (ed.) & Kolodziejczyk, D. (ed.) 10 Aug 2012 1 ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 408 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewAnthology

  2. Published

    Tributary Empires in Global History

    Bang, P. F. (ed.) & Bayly, C. (ed.) 27 Jul 2011 Palgrave Macmillan. 312 p. (Cambridge Imperial and Postcolonial Studies).

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewAnthology

  3. Published

    Imperial Ecumene and Polyethnicity

    Bang, P. F. 2010 The Oxford Handbook of Roman Studies. Scheidel, W. & Barchiesi, A. (eds.). Oxford University Press, p. 671-84 14 p.

    Publication: ResearchBook chapter

  4. Published

    The Ancient Economy and New Institutional Economics

    Bang, P. F. 2009 In : Journal of Roman Studies. 99, p. 194-206 13 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  5. Published

    Commanding and Consuming the World: Empire, Tribute and Trade in Roman and Chinese History

    Bang, P. F. 2009 Rome and China: Comparative Perspectives on Ancient World Empires. Scheidel, W. (ed.). Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press, p. 100-120 21 p.

    Publication: ResearchBook chapter

  6. Published

    The Roman Bazaar: A Comparative Study of Trade and Markets in a Tributary Empire

    Bang, P. F. 2008 1 ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 376 p. (Cambridge Classical Studies).

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook

  7. Published

    Trade and Empire: - in search of organizing concepts for the Roman economy

    Bang, P. F. 2007 In : Past & Present a journal of historical studies. 195, p. 3-54 52 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

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