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Money and the Early Greek Mind

Money and the Early Greek Mind
Homer, Philosophy, Tragedy

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  • Date Published: April 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521539920

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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.

    • 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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    "A powerful and valuable set of observtion on the impact of the introduction of coinage on the early Greek world." EH.net

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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: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    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
    14. Individualisation
    15. Appendix: was money used in the early near East?

  • Author

    Richard Seaford, University of Exeter
    Richard Seaford is Professor of Greek Literature at the University of Exeter. He is the author of commentaries on Euripides' 'Cyclops' (1984) and 'Bacchae' (1996) and of 'Reciprocity and Ritual: Homer and Tragedy in the Developing City-State' (1994).

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