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Money and Government in the Roman Empire

Money and Government in the Roman Empire

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  • Date Published: July 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521648295

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  • This book discusses minting and financial policy in the first three centuries of the Roman Empire. By studying Roman coin-survivals in a wider context, the author uncovers important facts about the origin of coin hoards of the Principate. The resulting analyses use extensive coin material collected for the first time. Dr. Duncan-Jones builds up a picture of minting, financial policy and monetary circulation that adds substantially to our knowledge and that stands as the only study of its kind for this period.

    • Hardback has sold almost 1000 copies
    • Important contribution to the understanding of the economy of the Roman empire
    • Paperback should be bought by amateur numismatists as well as by scholars
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    "No one who wants to understand the economy and fiscal policies of Rome under the principate or many of the technical aspects of coin production and the use of coins as historical evidence can afford to ignore this impressive book." Classical World

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    • Date Published: July 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521648295
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus. 108 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of plates
    List of figures
    List of tables
    Preface
    Abbreviations
    Part I. The Economics of Empire:
    1. Surplus and deficit
    2. Money, prices and inflation
    3. The imperial budget
    4. Tax and tax-cycles
    Part II. The Coin-Evidence:
    5. Coin-hoards and their origin
    6. The implications of coin-hoards
    Part III. Money and Money-Supply:
    7. Coinage and currency: an overview
    8. The chronology of mint-output
    9. Reign-studies: the chronology and structure of coin-output
    10. The size of die-populations
    11. The size of coin-populations
    12. Mobility and immobility of coin
    13. Weight-loss and circulation-speed
    14. Wastage and reminting of coin
    15. Change and deterioration
    16. Contrast and variation in the coinage
    Appendices:
    1. Payments of congiaria
    2. The chronology of minting under Tiberius
    3. Variations in land-tax in Egypt
    4. Assessments of tax-revenue in the sources
    5. Tax comparisons with Mughal India
    6. Hoards below the sampling threshold
    7. Rates of donative
    8. Programs for finding negative binomial k and for estimating die-populations
    9. Die-productivity in medieval evidence
    10. Aureus and denarius hoards used in the main anlaysis
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Richard Duncan-Jones, University of Cambridge

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