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The Athenian Empire
Using Coins as Sources

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Part of Guides to the Coinage of the Ancient World

  • Date Published: December 2020
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107686700

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  • Coinage played a central role in the history of the Athenian naval empire of the fifth century BC. It made possible the rise of the empire itself, which was financed through tribute in coinage collected annually from the empire's approximately 200 cities. The empire's downfall was brought about by the wealth in Persian coinage that financed its enemies. This book surveys and illustrates, with nearly 200 examples, the extraordinary variety of silver and gold coinages that were employed in the history of the period, minted by cities within the empire and by those cities and rulers that came into contact with it. It also examines how coins supplement the literary sources and even attest to developments in the monetary history of the period that would otherwise be unknown. This is an accessible introduction to both the history of the Athenian empire and to the use of coins as evidence.

    • Presents a new narrative of the Athenian empire with an emphasis on its economic and monetary foundations and drawing heavily on significant recent research
    • Includes images of nearly 100 Greek coinages that illuminate the detailed history of Aegean Greece in the fifth century BC
    • Written accessibly for undergraduate students and their instructors
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    • Date Published: December 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107686700
    • length: 202 pages
    • copublisher: American Numismatic Society
    • dimensions: 215 x 139 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.3kg
    • contains: 198 b/w illus. 2 maps 3 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The Silver Owl Coinage of Athens
    3. Coinages of the Allied Cities
    4. Numismatic Narratives in the Pentecontaetia, 479-431 BC
    5. The Archidamian War, 431-421 BC
    6. The Peace of Nikias and the Rethinking of Monetary Policy, 421-413 BC
    7. The Ionian War and Loss of Empire, 412-404 BC
    8. Epilogue: From Tribute to Taxation.

  • Authors

    Lisa Kallet, University of Oxford
    LISA KALLET is Cawkwell Fellow in Ancient History at University College, Oxford. She has published two influential books and articles on Thucydides, the Athenian empire, Attic epigraphy and Athenian democracy.

    John H. Kroll, University of Oxford
    JOHN H. KROLL is Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of Texas, Austin, and an Honorary Research Fellow of the Heberden Coin Room at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. He is the author of the volume of the Greek coins from the Agora Excavations and has written widely on other numismatic topics and on Greek weights and inscriptions. He has served as Trustee and Second Vice President of the American Numismatic Society.

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