Money in Classical Antiquity (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 18, 2010 - History
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This 2010 book was the first to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the impact of money on the economy, society and culture of the Greek and Roman worlds. It uses new approaches in economic history to explore how money affected the economy in antiquity and demonstrates that the crucial factors in its increasing influence were state-formation, expanding political networks, metal supply and above all an increasing sophistication of credit and contractual law. Covering a wide range of monetary contexts within the Mediterranean over almost a thousand years (c.600 BC–AD 300), it demonstrates that money played different roles in different social and political circumstances. The book will prove an invaluable introduction to upper-level students of ancient money, while also offering perspectives for future research to the specialist.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
issues
18
cases
35
chapter 3 Monetary networks
65
chapter 4 Cash and credit
92
issues
125
a case study
141
chapter 7 Sacred finance
156
monetary culture
186
appendix 1
199
Archaic mints and their weight standard
206
Glossary
209
Bibliographical essay
212
References
217
Index
234
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About the author (2010)

Sitta von Reden is Lecturer in Ancient History at Universität München. She is the author of Exchange in Ancient Greece (1995) and co-editor, with Paul Cartledge and Paul Millett, of Kosmos: Essays in Order, Conflict and Community in Classical Athens (1998). Her most recent book is Money in Ptolemaic Egypt (2007).

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