Peter Fibiger Bang

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Peter Fibiger Bang
Born (1973-06-25)25 June 1973
Horsens, Denmark
Nationality Danish
Fields Historian
Institutions University of Copenhagen
Alma mater University of Aarhus

Peter Fibiger Bang (born 25 June 1973) is a Danish comparative historian.[1] Bang's main research interests are Roman economic history and imperial power, historical sociology and world history, as well as the reception of Classical culture in later ages.


Born in Horsens, Denmark, in 1973, Bang studied History, Latin and Greek at the University of Aarhus from 1992 to 1999. In 1997, he was a visitor at the University of Leicester, where he studied Roman Archaeology. In 1999, he moved to Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, to work on his PhD in the Faculty of Classics. During the autumn of 2001, he was a visitor at the University of Chicago.

In 2002, Bang was appointed assistant professor in the department of history at the University of Copenhagen before defending his PhD in Cambridge in the summer of 2003. In 2005, he was made associate professor in Copenhagen and during the same year he initiated and was elected chair of a European-based research network, Tributary Empires Compared, to stimulate historical comparison between the Roman, Mughal and Ottoman Empires.[2] This network was funded by COST till 2009. During his employment in Copenhagen, Bang has been a visiting professor at the University of Tübingen in summer 2004 and at the University of Heidelberg in summer 2011; a research leave in 2007 allowed him another stay in Cambridge, this time associated with King's College.

Bang has authored, edited or co-edited nine volumes as of December 2012, as well as written a substantial number of articles, chapter contributions, reviews and essays. In addition to his academic activities, Bang writes on an occasional basis for the Danish newspaper, Weekendavisen.


  • Agrarimperier Mellem Marked og Tribut, Den Jyske Historiker, No. 86/87, 1999 (co-editor), ISBN 87-7023-770-0
  • Mellem Civilisationshistorie og Globalhistorie, Den Jyske Historiker, No. 100, 2003 (co-editor), ISBN 87-91261-02-3
  • Tributary Empires in History. Comparative Perspectives from Antiquity to the Late Medieval, The Medieval History Journal, Vol. 6, No. 2 (special issue), 2003 (co-editor)
  • Fremmed og Moderne. Glimt af Antikken i Europa, Aarhus: Aarhus Universitetsforlag, 2005 (editor), ISBN 87-7288-949-7
  • Ancient Economies, Modern Methodologies, Bari: Edipuglia, 2006 (co-editor), ISBN 978-88-7228-488-9
  • Trade and Empire. In Search of Organizing Concepts for the Roman Economy, Past and Present, No. 195, 2007, pp. 3–54
  • The Roman Bazaar. A Comparative Study of Trade and Markets in a Tributary Empire, Cambridge University Press, 2008, ISBN 978-0-521-85532-7
  • Tributary Empires in Global History, Palgrave, 2011, ISBN 978-0-230-29472-1 (co-editor)
  • Universal Empire. A Comparative Approach to Imperial Culture and Representation in Eurasian History, Cambridge University Press, 2012, ISBN 978-1-107-02267-6 (co-editor)
  • The Oxford Handbook of the State in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean, Oxford University Press, 2012, ISBN 978-0-19-518831-8 (co-editor)


  1. ^ Personal website at SAXO Institute, University of Copenhagen
  2. ^ Tributary Empires Compared

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