Attalid Asia Minor: Money, International Relations, and the State

Hardcover | May 18, 2013

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In the third century BC, the Attalid dynasts of Pergamon in north-western Asia Minor were relatively minor players in Hellenistic great-power politics. This all changed in 188 BC, when, under the terms of the treaty of Apameia, the Attalids were granted the greater share of the formerSeleukid territories in western and inner Anatolia. At a stroke, the Attalids were elevated to the status of one of the major powers of the eastern Mediterranean; but this new-found prominence came at a price. The vast expanse of Attalid Asia Minor had been won not by conquest, but through a pragmatic and humiliating grant by Roman commissioners. As a result, the ideological and bureaucratic structures through which the second-century Attalid rulers administered their kingdom differed sharply from thoseof the other major Hellenistic dynasties. With contributions from world-specialists on Hellenistic history and coinage, this book is the first full-length study to be dedicated to the political economy of the Attalid kingdom of Pergamon, focusing in particular on its financial administration, international relations, and the functioning ofthe state.

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In the third century BC, the Attalid dynasts of Pergamon in north-western Asia Minor were relatively minor players in Hellenistic great-power politics. This all changed in 188 BC, when, under the terms of the treaty of Apameia, the Attalids were granted the greater share of the formerSeleukid territories in western and inner Anatolia....

Peter Thonemann teaches Greek and Roman history at Wadham College, Oxford. He is the author of The Birth of Classical Europe (with Simon Price, 2010) and The Maeander Valley: A Historical Geography from Antiquity to Byzantium (2011).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:May 18, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199656118

ISBN - 13:9780199656110

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PrefaceTable of ContentsList of AbbreviationsList of Maps and FiguresNotes on Contributors1. Peter Thonemann: The Attalid State, 188-133 BC2. John Ma: The Attalids: A Military History3. Boris Chrubasik: The Attalids and the Seleukid Kings, 281-175 BC4. Philip Kay: What did the Attalids ever do for us? A View from the Aerarium5. Andrew Meadows: The Closed Currency System of the Attalid Kingdom6. Francois de Callatay: The Coinages of the Attalids and their Neighbours: A Panoramic View7. Richard Ashton: The Use of the Cistophoric Weight Standard outside the Pergamene Kingdom8. Selene Psoma: War or Tradea Attic-Weight Tetradrachms from Second-Century BC Attalid Asia Minor in Seleukid Syria after the Peace of Apameia and Their Historical ContextBibliographyIndex