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The Hellenistic World
Using Coins as Sources

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Part of Guides to the Coinage of the Ancient World

  • Date Published: January 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107451759

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  • Coinage is one of our key sources for the rich and fascinating history of the Hellenistic world (323–31 BC). This book provides students of the period with an up-to-date introduction to Hellenistic gold, silver and bronze coins in their cultural and economic contexts. It also offers new perspectives on four major themes in contemporary Hellenistic history: globalisation, identity, political economy and ideology. With more than 250 illustrations, and written in a lucid and accessible style, this book sheds new light on the diverse and multicultural societies of the Hellenistic world, from Alexander to Augustus. The author assumes no prior knowledge of Hellenistic history, and all Greek and Latin texts are translated throughout.

    • Provides the only up-to-date introduction to this period of ancient Greek coinage
    • Analyses Hellenistic coinage in its historical contexts, showing historians how to use coins as evidence for political, economic and cultural history
    • Includes more than 250 photographs of Hellenistic gold, silver and bronze coins, presenting a vivid and attractive 'visual essay' on Hellenistic coins
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    • Date Published: January 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107451759
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 138 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 256 b/w illus. 5 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Globalization:
    1. Alexander and the transformation of Greek coinage
    2. A 'big' Hellenistic world
    Part II. Identity:
    3. Civic identities
    4. Collective identities
    5. Hellenizing identities
    Part III. Political Economy:
    6. Currency systems
    7. Bronze and silver
    Part IV. Ideology:
    8. Kings
    9. From Flamininus to Augustus
    Guide to further reading
    Appendices Andrew Meadows:
    1. Glossary of numismatic terms
    2. Denominational systems
    3. The manufacture and material of ancient coinage.

  • Author

    Peter Thonemann, University of Oxford
    Peter Thonemann is Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at Wadham College, University of Oxford. His first sole-authored monograph, The Maeander Valley (Cambridge University Press, 2011), was awarded the prestigious Runciman Prize in 2012. More recently, he has published a large corpus of inscriptions from Roman Asia Minor (Monumenta Asiae Minoris Antiqua XI: Monuments from Phrygia and Lykaonia, 2013) and has edited two collections of essays on the history of Asia Minor in antiquity (Attalid Asia Minor, 2013 and Roman Phrygia, Cambridge University Press, 2013).

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