Walter Scheidel

Stanford University

Dickason Professor in the Humanities

Stanford, CA 94305-2145

United States

http://www,stanford.edu/~scheidel

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SCHOLARLY PAPERS

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Scholarly Papers (37)

1.

Disease and Death in the Ancient City of Rome

Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 21 Feb 2009 Last Revised: 24 Mar 2009
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 373 (49,363)

Abstract:

Roman History, Demography, Disease, Seasonal Mortality, Paleodemography

2.

The Size of the Economy and the Distribution of Income in the Roman Empire

Number of pages: 34 Posted: 14 Nov 2008 Last Revised: 25 Jan 2009
Steven J. Friesen and Walter Scheidel
affiliation not provided to SSRN and Stanford University
Downloads 338 (52,856)
Citation 6

Abstract:

Roman economy, Roman GDP, Roman inequality

3.

From the 'Great Convergence' to the 'First Great Divergence': Roman and Qin-Han State Formation and its Aftermath

Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics
Number of pages: 12 Posted: 26 Feb 2008
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 301 (53,785)
Citation 1

Abstract:

Rome, China, State formation, Great Divergence

4.

Monogamy and Polygyny in Greece, Rome, and World History

Number of pages: 17 Posted: 10 Aug 2008
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 286 (54,884)

Abstract:

Monogamy, Polygamy, Polygyny, Marriage

5.

Slavery in the Roman Economy

Number of pages: 22 Posted: 25 Aug 2010
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 273 (36,016)

Abstract:

Slavery, Roman Economy

6.

Epigraphy and Demography: Birth, Marriage, Family, and Death

Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics Paper No. 060701
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 26 Feb 2008
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 239 (86,431)
Citation 3

Abstract:

Greece, Rome, Population, Demography, Historical Demography, Epigraphy

7.

Real Wages in Early Economies: Evidence for Living Standards from 1800 BCE to 1300 CE

Number of pages: 27 Posted: 30 Mar 2008 Last Revised: 22 May 2009
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 187 (110,948)
Citation 5

Abstract:

Wages, real wages, unskilled labor, living standards, incomes

8.

Physical Wellbeing in the Roman World

Number of pages: 12 Posted: 14 Nov 2009 Last Revised: 24 Aug 2010
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 179 (99,594)

Abstract:

Wellbeing, Body Height, Stature, Anthropometry

9.

In Search of Roman Economic Growth

Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics Paper No. 060808
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 10 Aug 2008
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 177 (116,615)
Citation 4

Abstract:

Roman History, Roman Economy, Economic Growth, Malthusian Theory

10.

The Monetary Systems of the Han and Roman Empires

Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics Paper No. 110505
Number of pages: 59 Posted: 26 Feb 2008 Last Revised: 10 Jun 2009
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 159 (119,354)
Citation 5

Abstract:

Rome, China, Comparative History, Money, Monetary History, Coinage

11.

Coin Quality, Coin Quantity, and Coin Value in Early China and the Roman World

Number of pages: 19 Posted: 02 Aug 2009 Last Revised: 24 Aug 2010
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 150 (140,136)
Citation 2

Abstract:

Roman economy, Chinese economy, Coinage, Money, Devaluation, Inflation

12.

Approaching the Roman Economy

Number of pages: 23 Posted: 25 Aug 2010
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 134 (149,265)
Citation 1

Abstract:

Roman economy

13.

Greco-Roman Sex Ratios and Femicide in Comparative Perspective

Number of pages: 12 Posted: 14 Nov 2009 Last Revised: 20 May 2014
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 134 (138,744)

Abstract:

Sex ratio, Infanticide, Femicide

14.

The 'First Great Divergence': Trajectories of Post-Ancient State Formation in Eastern and Western Eurasia

Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics Paper No. 100706
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 26 Feb 2008
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 125 (169,704)
Citation 1

Abstract:

Rome, China, State formation, Great Divergence

15.

A Comparative Perspective on the Determinants of the Scale and Productivity of Maritime Trade in the Roman Mediterranean

Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics Paper No. 040902
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 23 Mar 2009
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 124 (158,447)

Abstract:

Trading costs, predation costs, transaction costs, financing costs, commercial organization, maritime trade

16.

The Shape of the Roman World

Number of pages: 27 Posted: 01 Apr 2013
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 123 (142,303)
Citation 1

Abstract:

Roman History, Digital Humanities, Geospatial modeling

17.

Economy and Quality of Life in the Roman World

Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics Paper No. 010902
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 21 Feb 2009
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 119 (170,699)

Abstract:

Roman economy, Demography, Quality of Life

18.

Comparative History as Comparative Advantage: China's Potential Contribution to the Study of Ancient Mediterranean History

Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics Paper No. 040601
Number of pages: 7 Posted: 26 Feb 2008
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 113 (185,629)

Abstract:

Greece, Rome, China, Comparative History

19.

Roman Population Size: The Logic of the Debate

Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics Paper No. 070706
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 26 Feb 2008 Last Revised: 10 Jun 2009
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 109 (171,659)
Citation 5

Abstract:

Rome, Population, Demography, Historical Demography

20.

Roman Wellbeing and the Economic Consequences of the 'Antonine Plague'

Number of pages: 29 Posted: 02 Aug 2009 Last Revised: 16 Nov 2009
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 105 (135,280)
Citation 5

Abstract:

Roman economy, Roman demography, Epidemics, Real incomes, Wellbeing

21.

Age and Health in Roman Egypt

Number of pages: 12 Posted: 12 Feb 2010
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 99 (195,266)

Abstract:

Egypt, disease, epidemics, mummies, life expectancy, demography, seasonal mortality, causes of death, health

22.

The Xiongnu and the Comparative Study of Empire

Number of pages: 12 Posted: 24 Aug 2010
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 94 (174,690)

Abstract:

Xiongnu, Han Empire, Steppe Empires, Nomads

23.

Slavery and Forced Labor in Early China and the Roman World

Number of pages: 12 Posted: 01 Apr 2013
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 91 (163,031)

Abstract:

slavery, forced labor, penal servitude, Ancient Rome, Early China, comparative slavery

24.

Comparing Comparisons: Ancient East and West

Number of pages: 12 Posted: 01 Apr 2013
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 81 (195,266)

Abstract:

Comparative history, Classics, Ancient history, Early China

25.

Roman Real Wages in Context

Number of pages: 9 Posted: 23 Sep 2010
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 79 (223,135)

Abstract:

Real wages, Roman economy

26.

Evolutionary Psychology and the Historian

Number of pages: 11 Posted: 01 Apr 2013
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 78 (204,271)

Abstract:

evolutionary psychology, sociobiology, incest, incest avoidance, inbreeding, Westermarck effect, mating systems

27.

Explaining the Maritime Freight Charges in Diocletian's Price Edict

Number of pages: 7 Posted: 01 Apr 2013
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 55 (256,033)

Abstract:

Maritime trade, Diocletian, Roman economy

28.

Citation Scores for Ancient Historians in the United States

Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics Paper No. 020801
Number of pages: 8 Posted: 26 Feb 2008
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 49 (305,649)

Abstract:

Ancient History, History of Scholarship, Citation Scores

29.

Comparing Ancient Worlds: Comparative History as Comparative Advantage

Number of pages: 7 Posted: 02 Apr 2013
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 48 (274,767)

Abstract:

Comparative history, Ancient History, Classics, Early China

30.

Measuring Finley's Impact

Number of pages: 9 Posted: 01 Apr 2013
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 36 (305,649)

Abstract:

History of scholarship, Classics

31.

Benford's Law and Numerical Stylization of Monetary Valuations in Ancient Literature

Number of pages: 11 Posted: 23 Dec 2014
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 26 (316,600)

Abstract:

Benford's Law, Number preference, Digit preference

32.

Building for the State: A World-Historical Perspective

Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics Paper
Number of pages: 13 Posted: 24 May 2015
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 15 (298,007)

Abstract:

Labor history, Public building, Forced labor, Free labor

33.

Rome, Tenochtitlan, and Beyond: Comparing Empires Across Space and Time

Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics Paper
Number of pages: 10 Posted: 26 May 2015
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 13 (325,204)

Abstract:

34.

Death and the City: Ancient Rome and Beyond

Number of pages: 11 Posted: 24 May 2015
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 9 (305,649)

Abstract:

Seasonal mortality, malaria, urban graveyard effect

35.

Orbis: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World

Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics Paper
Number of pages: 12 Posted: 24 May 2015
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 6 (337,159)

Abstract:

Networks, Geospatial modeling, Transport, Travel, Communication

36.

Empires of Inequality: Ancient China and Rome

Number of pages: 21 Posted: 02 Aug 2016
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 0 (218,615)

Abstract:

Ancient Rome, Han China, Ancient Empires, Inequality

37.

The Comparative Economics of Slavery in the Greco-Roman World

Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics Paper No. 110504
Posted: 26 Feb 2008
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University

Abstract:

Greece, Rome, Comparative History, Slavery