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Money and Government in the Roman Empire

Money and Government in the Roman Empire


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

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  • Rome's conquests gave her access to the accumulated metal resources of most of the known world. An abundant gold and silver coinage circulated within her empire as a result. But coinage changes later suggest difficulty in maintaining metal supplies. By studying Roman coin-survivals in a wider context, Dr Duncan-Jones uncovers important facts about the origin of coin hoards of the Principate. He constructs a new profile of minting, financial policy and monetary circulation, by analysing extensive coin evidence collected for the first time. His findings considerably advance our knowledge of crucial areas of the Roman economy.

    • 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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    'Duncan-Jones has written an important and stimulating book, which seeks to use numismatic evidence to study minting policy, monetary organisation, and the monetary economy … No serious scholar will want to analyse coin hoards, or to consider monetary history, without looking to see what Duncan-Jones has done.' The Journal of Roman Studies

    'Duncan-Jones has written an important and chellenging book that deserves to be widely read.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

    'It is fair to say that this is the magnum opus we have been awaiting; and that it crystallizes the author's approach to numismatic evidence, for which we have had to be content with tantalizing hints in his prior work.' Revue Suisse de Numismatique

    'This book will be an essential reference work for Roman historians and numismatics and will also be of interest to economic historians.' Coins and Antiques

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521648295
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.445kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus. 108 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of plates
    List of figures
    List of tables
    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
    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

  • Author

    Richard Duncan-Jones, University of Cambridge

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