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How were the Greeks of the sixth century BC able to invent philosophy and tragedy? Richard Seaford argues that a large part of the answer can be found in another momentous development, the invention and rapid spread of coinage. By transforming social relations, monetization contributed to the concepts of the universe as an impersonal system (fundamental to Presocratic philosophy) and of the individual alienated from his own kin and from the gods, as found in tragedy.Read more
- Explores the nature of money by examining the causes and consequences of the development of money in the first ever monetised society
- Offers a new explanation for the invention of 'philosophy' by the Greeks of sixth-century BC Ionia
- Introduces a new historical perspective on the isolated individual at the centre of Athenian tragedy
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- Date Published: April 2004
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521539920
- length: 384 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
- weight: 0.56kg
- availability: Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer
Table of Contents
Part I. The Genesis of Coined Money:
2. Homeric transactions
3. Sacrifice and distribution
4. Greece and the ancient near East
5. Greek money
6. The preconditions of coinage
7. The earliest coins
8. The features of money
Part II. The Making of Metaphysics:
9. Did politics produce philosophy?
10. Anaximander and Xenophanes
11. The many and the one
12. Heraclitus and Parmenides
13. Pythagoreanism and Protagoras
15. Appendix: was money used in the early near East?
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