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Money in Classical Antiquity


Part of Key Themes in Ancient History

  • Date Published: November 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521459525

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  • This book was the first to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the impact of money on the economy, society and culture of the Greek and Roman worlds. It uses new approaches in economic history to explore how money affected the economy in antiquity and demonstrates that the crucial factors in its increasing influence were state-formation, expanding political networks, metal supply and above all an increasing sophistication of credit and contractual law. Covering a wide range of monetary contexts within the Mediterranean over almost a thousand years (c.600 BC–AD 300), it demonstrates that money played different roles in different social and political circumstances. The book will prove an invaluable introduction to upper-level students of ancient money, while also offering perspectives for future research to the specialist.

    • 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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    Reviews & endorsements

    '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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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 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

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Readings in Ancient History
  • Author

    Sitta von Reden, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
    Sitta von Reden is Lecturer in Ancient History at Universität München. She is the author of Exchange in Ancient Greece (1995) and co-editor, with Paul Cartledge and Paul Millett, of Kosmos: Essays in Order, Conflict and Community in Classical Athens (1998). Her most recent book is Money in Ptolemaic Egypt (2007).

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