Walter Scheidel

Stanford University

Dickason Professor in the Humanities

Stanford, CA 94305-2145

United States

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

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

38

DOWNLOADS
Rank 4,255

SSRN RANKINGS

Top 4,255

in Total Papers Downloads

12,211

SSRN CITATIONS
Rank 22,536

SSRN RANKINGS

Top 22,536

in Total Papers Citations

24

CROSSREF CITATIONS

20

Scholarly Papers (38)

1.

Slavery in the Roman Economy

Number of pages: 22 Posted: 25 Aug 2010
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 1,418 (17,311)
Citation 1

Abstract:

Loading...

Slavery, Roman Economy

2.

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 920 (32,622)
Citation 4

Abstract:

Loading...

Roman History, Demography, Disease, Seasonal Mortality, Paleodemography

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 892 (34,052)
Citation 1

Abstract:

Loading...

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 786 (40,569)
Citation 1

Abstract:

Loading...

Monogamy, Polygamy, Polygyny, Marriage

5.

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 670 (50,261)
Citation 8

Abstract:

Loading...

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

6.

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 607 (56,995)
Citation 10

Abstract:

Loading...

Roman economy, Roman GDP, Roman inequality

7.

Empires of Inequality: Ancient China and Rome

Number of pages: 21 Posted: 02 Aug 2016
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 597 (58,345)

Abstract:

Loading...

Ancient Rome, Han China, Ancient Empires, Inequality

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 432 (86,591)
Citation 5

Abstract:

Loading...

Wellbeing, Body Height, Stature, Anthropometry

9.

Slavery and Forced Labor in Early China and the Roman World

Number of pages: 12 Posted: 01 Apr 2013
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 415 (90,669)
Citation 2

Abstract:

Loading...

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

10.

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 370 (103,483)
Citation 2

Abstract:

Loading...

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

11.

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 322 (120,707)
Citation 2

Abstract:

Loading...

Roman History, Roman Economy, Economic Growth, Malthusian Theory

12.

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 315 (123,555)
Citation 24

Abstract:

Loading...

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

13.

The Shape of the Roman World

Number of pages: 27 Posted: 01 Apr 2013
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 303 (129,273)
Citation 3

Abstract:

Loading...

Roman History, Digital Humanities, Geospatial modeling

14.

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 298 (131,152)
Citation 1

Abstract:

Loading...

Sex ratio, Infanticide, Femicide

15.

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 277 (142,602)
Citation 27

Abstract:

Loading...

Rome, Population, Demography, Historical Demography

16.

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 275 (142,602)
Citation 3

Abstract:

Loading...

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

17.

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 272 (144,163)

Abstract:

Loading...

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

18.

The Xiongnu and the Comparative Study of Empire

Number of pages: 12 Posted: 24 Aug 2010
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 229 (170,773)

Abstract:

Loading...

Xiongnu, Han Empire, Steppe Empires, Nomads

19.

Approaching the Roman Economy

Number of pages: 23 Posted: 25 Aug 2010
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 222 (175,957)
Citation 3

Abstract:

Loading...

Roman economy

20.

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 212 (183,681)
Citation 2

Abstract:

Loading...

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

21.

Comparing Comparisons: Ancient East and West

Number of pages: 12 Posted: 01 Apr 2013
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 189 (204,013)

Abstract:

Loading...

Comparative history, Classics, Ancient history, Early China

22.

Age and Health in Roman Egypt

Number of pages: 12 Posted: 12 Feb 2010
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 187 (205,920)

Abstract:

Loading...

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

23.

Evolutionary Psychology and the Historian

Number of pages: 11 Posted: 01 Apr 2013
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 183 (209,939)

Abstract:

Loading...

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

24.

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 182 (210,928)
Citation 5

Abstract:

Loading...

Networks, Geospatial modeling, Transport, Travel, Communication

25.

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 162 (232,861)
Citation 2

Abstract:

Loading...

Roman economy, Demography, Quality of Life

26.

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 162 (232,861)

Abstract:

Loading...

Rome, China, State formation, Great Divergence

27.

Death and the City: Ancient Rome and Beyond

Number of pages: 11 Posted: 24 May 2015
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 160 (235,415)
Citation 2

Abstract:

Loading...

Seasonal mortality, malaria, urban graveyard effect

28.

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 155 (241,647)

Abstract:

Loading...

29.

Roman Real Wages in Context

Number of pages: 9 Posted: 23 Sep 2010
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 149 (249,607)
Citation 3

Abstract:

Loading...

Real wages, Roman economy

30.

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 149 (249,607)

Abstract:

Loading...

Greece, Rome, China, Comparative History

31.

Roman Wealth and Wealth Inequality in Comparative Perspective

Number of pages: 14 Posted: 02 Oct 2019
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 148 (251,017)

Abstract:

Loading...

Inequality, History of Inequality, Economic Inequality, Wealth Inequality, Income Inequality, Roman History, Roman Empire

32.

Explaining the Maritime Freight Charges in Diocletian's Price Edict

Number of pages: 7 Posted: 01 Apr 2013
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 120 (294,752)
Citation 3

Abstract:

Loading...

Maritime trade, Diocletian, Roman economy

33.

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 117 (300,022)
Citation 2

Abstract:

Loading...

Labor history, Public building, Forced labor, Free labor

34.

Comparing Ancient Worlds: Comparative History as Comparative Advantage

Number of pages: 7 Posted: 02 Apr 2013
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 94 (347,552)

Abstract:

Loading...

Comparative history, Ancient History, Classics, Early China

35.

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 75 (397,941)

Abstract:

Loading...

Benford's Law, Number preference, Digit preference

36.

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 74 (400,985)
Citation 1

Abstract:

Loading...

Ancient History, History of Scholarship, Citation Scores

37.

Measuring Finley's Impact

Number of pages: 9 Posted: 01 Apr 2013
Walter Scheidel
Stanford University
Downloads 73 (404,042)

Abstract:

Loading...

History of scholarship, Classics

38.

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:

Loading...

Greece, Rome, Comparative History, Slavery