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This is the first book to offer a comprehensive analysis of the impact of money on the economy, society and culture of the Greek and Roman World, using new approaches in economic history to explore how money affected the economy and which factors need to be considered in order to improve our understanding of ancient money. Covering a wide range of monetary contexts within the Mediterranean over almost 1000 years (c. 600 BC – AD 300) its method is comparative and specific in order to demonstrate that money plays different roles under different social and political circumstances. In line with the aim of the Key Themes Series, the book not only offers guidance to students and course directors for studying money at University level, but also some perspectives for future research to graduate students and specialists.Read more
- Combines anthropological and economic approaches to money and explores their relevance for ancient history
- Examines coinage in detail, demonstrating its relationship to monetary and economic history
- Includes glossary, maps, illustrations of dominant coins, and a thematic up-to-date bibliographical essay for the organisation of course work
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"Sitta von Reden offers an admirable introduction to some of the main themes in current debates on the use of money in the Classical world. As such, [this volume] will serve as an instructive and clearly presented book to be used in courses dealing with ancient economic matters. The book chimes well with the recent trend among ancient economic historians to seek inspiration from the so-called new institutional economics. Indeed, it seems a both careful and nuanced contribution to this body of scholarship."
Peter Fibiger Bang, The Journal of Roman Studies
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- Date Published: December 2010
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521459525
- length: 260 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 153 x 13 mm
- weight: 0.42kg
- contains: 10 b/w illus. 5 maps 8 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Monetization: issues
2. Monetization: cases
3. Monetary networks
4. Cash and credit
5. Prices and price formation: issues
6. Prices and price formation: case study
7. Sacred finance
Epilogue: monetary culture
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- Readings in Ancient History
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