Scholarly Comments on Academic Economics

Numa Denis Fustel de Coulanges

The bio below comes from a published article and may now be dated.

Numa Denis Fustel de Coulanges

Numa Denis Fustel de Coulanges (1830–1889) was a French historian and became an eminent professor in the chair of history at Strasbourg and subsequently the École Normale Supérieure and the Sorbonne. His most famous work is The Ancient City (1864; English translation 1874), which emphasized that in ancient Greece and Rome, the person’s most important religion was located in the family, its ancestors, and its domestic house. He subsequently wrote a multivolume work on the political institutions of ancient France. Another work by Fustel available in English is The Origin of Property in Land, a translation of an article he published in French in 1889. In that work Fustel questions the historiographical basis for claims to the effect that agricultural land had been communally owned before it was privately owned.