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Nailing Jello to a Wall: Ancient Greek Specialization, By The Numbers

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, November 4, 2015. 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Building 110-112
Workshop: 
Approaches to Data Scarcity in Ancient History
Meeting Description: 

Speaker:
Mark Pyzyk is a recent Stanford graduate from the Classics department, working on expertise in the ancient world.

Meeting description:
This workshop looks at Mark Pyzyk's database, how he constructed it, what are the theoretical biases underlying his recent PhD thesis and research.

Did specialization, at an aggregate level, change in ancient Greece? This is the subject of an ongoing project, tracking ancient Greek specialists in a variety of fields across two centuries (500-300 BCE). But a number of methodological and epistemological issues intervene: this workshop concentrates on the problem of distortions in historical evidence, and by extension, data (can we identify where it occurs? the nature of the distortion? can we correct for it?). By accounting for such slippery data, it is hoped that we may get a better sense of where evidence and reality ("wie es eigenlich gewesen") align.

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