Ploutos & Polis. Aspects of the relationship between economy and politics in the Greek world

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As part of RomArché 2013, from May 20th to 22nd at the Academia Belgica in Via Omero 8, it was held the International Convention “Ploutos e Polis. Aspetti del rapporto tra economia e politica nel mondo greco”, curated by prof. Marco Santucci from University of Urbino “Carlo Bo”.

The convention, that saw the participation of important Italian and foreign scholars, had the main aim of inviting scholars to a new reflection on the relationships, and therefore on the otherness and the interference that define, divide but also put in communication the field of economy and politics in the Greek world.

To reach this objective the convention debate was structured as to facilitate the confront between the diverse methodological perspectives of History, Archaeology, Philology, Anthropology, Numismatics.

Marco Santucci stated: “It seems superfluous to underline how much the theme that is in the title of this convention reminds us of the contemporary debate. If it is possible to feel the Greek world as the depositary of the archetypes, paradigms and behavior models that – for better or for worse – make our present, it appears natural that the reflection upon the Greeks brings with it also a moment of reflection upon the contemporary”

For this reason the concluding session hosted the Round Table entitled “Experiences and theories of ancients and moderns” guided by the lawyer Daniela Mainini – President of the Consiglio Nazionale Anticontraffazione del Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico and President of Centro Studi Grande Milano – in which the themes of poverty and richness have been confronted in relation to the concepts of public and private.

During the debate they analyzed the influences that connect economy to the creation of the consensus mechanisms and to the citizens participation to the political life, moreover they discussed about the relationship between the idea of richness and wellbeing interpreted also as happiness.

The Round Table saw the contribution of economists, philosophers, anthropologists, historians and exponents of the economical and political life of the country.

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