Money in Classical Antiquity
This 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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Aegean aes signatum agrarian Aigina Aiginetan ancient economy Andreau antiquity Asia Minor Athenian Athens bankers banks bronze coinage bullion cash Celtic cent century bc onwards chalkoi circulation cities citizens civic classical antiquity context contracts conversion rates cult currency Delos denarius dr 5dr drachmas economic Egypt Egyptian electrum empire evidence example exchange ﬁfth century bc ﬁgures ﬁnance ﬁnancial ﬁnd ﬁrst ﬁrst centuries bc ﬁxed fourth century bc function grain Greco-Roman Greece Hellenistic period Howgego imperial increase inﬂuence inter-regional land late maritime loan Mediterranean Millett minted monetary economy monetary networks monetization obol ofﬁcial P. L. Bat paid payment penalty prices Pliny political precious metal precious-metal production proﬁt Ptolemaic Ptolemaic Egypt Rathbone Reden reﬂect Reger relationship rents Rome sacred sacriﬁces second century bc sestertius signiﬁcant social stater suggests temple tetradrachm third century bc transactions treasury weight standard wheat prices