Money in the Late Roman Republic

Money in the Late Roman Republic

Hardback Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition

By (author) David B. Hollander


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  • Publisher: Brill
  • Format: Hardback | 196 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 236mm x 18mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 31 March 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Leiden
  • ISBN 10: 9004156496
  • ISBN 13: 9789004156494

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Roman monetary history has tended to focus on the study of Roman coinage but other assets regularly functioned as, or in place of, money. This book places coinage in its broader monetary context by also examining the role of bullion, financial instruments, and commodities such as grain and wine in making payments, facilitating exchange, measuring value and storing wealth. The use of such assets reduced the demand for coinage in some sectors of the economy and is a crucial factor in determining the impact of the large increase in the coin supply during the last century of the Republic. Money demand theory suggests that increased coin production led to further monetization, not per capita economic growth.

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David B. Hollander, Ph.D. (2002) in History, Columbia University, is an Assistant Professor in the History Department at Iowa State University. He has published articles on monetization and the Roman mint.