Money and Its Uses in the Ancient Greek World

Money and Its Uses in the Ancient Greek World

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Edited by Andrew Meadows, Edited by Kirsty Shipton

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 219mm x 276mm x 25mm | 721g
  • Publication date: 17 January 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199240124
  • ISBN 13: 9780199240128
  • Illustrations note: 19pp halftone plates, 4 text illustrations

Product description

The papers in this volume re-assess the role of coined money in the ancient Greek world. Using new approaches, the book makes the results of numismatic as well as historical research accessible to students and scholars of ancient history. The chapters provide a wide-ranging account of the political, social, and economic contexts within which coined money was used. In Part One the book focuses on the theme of monetization and the politics of coinage, while Part Two provides a series of case studies relating to the production and use of coined money in different areas of the Greek-speaking world, including Asia Minor, Egypt, and Rhodes as well as Greece itself. The individual chapters cover a broad chronological range from Archaic Greece to Roman Egypt. The book as a whole offers fresh insights into an important aspect of the ancient Greek economy.

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Author information

Andrew Meadows is Curator of Ancient Greek Coins at the British Museum, and holds degrees from the Universities of Oxford and Michigan. He is the author of articles on Greek and Roman history, epigraphy, and numismatics. He is secretary of the British Academy's Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Committee, and the editor of two volumes in the series, as well as editor of the Royal Numismatic Society's Coin Hoards.

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The volume is well-produced and the articles are thoughtful, each in its way moving us forward toward a deeper understanding of one of the most profound economic revolutions the world has known. EH.NET Book Reviews ... this book, having marked out new approaches to the study of the monetary history of ancient Greek world, combines, in a productive and creative way, analysis of sources, by their nature varied, and contributes greatly to the process of bringing together numismatic and historical investigation. The excellent printing quality is a bonus to the very interesting and stimulating content. Ancient West & East The book is carefully produced, worth reading and would be a welcome asset to any advanced library, where both the browser and the assiduous scholar could benefit significantly. JACT Review All those who intend to examine Classical or Hellenistic history from the economic, social, political or ideological perspectives, will need to read this bookk, whatever their level. Constantina Katsari, Classics Ireland

Table of contents

1. Archaic Coinage as Evidence for the Use of Money ; 2. Coinage and Democracy at Athens ; 3. The Politics of Coinage: Athens and Hellenistic Monarchy ; 4. Money, Freedom, and Empire in the Hellenistic World ; 5. The Coinage of Rhodes 408-c.190 BC ; 6. Temples, Credit, and the Circulation of Money ; 7. Money and the Elite in Classical Athens ; 8. The Politics of Monetization in Third-Century BC Egypt ; 9. Money Use among the Peasantry of Roman Egypt