Money and the Early Greek Mind: Homer, Philosophy, Tragedy by Richard SeafordMoney and the Early Greek Mind: Homer, Philosophy, Tragedy by Richard Seaford

Money and the Early Greek Mind: Homer, Philosophy, Tragedy

byRichard Seaford

Paperback | April 19, 2004

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How were the Greeks of the sixth century BC able to invent philosophy and tragedy? Richard Seaford argues that a large part of the answer can be found in another momentous development, the invention and rapid spread of coinage. By transforming social relations, monetization contributed to the concepts of the universe as an impersonal system (fundamental to Presocratic philosophy) and of the individual alienated from his own kin and from the gods, as found in tragedy.
Title:Money and the Early Greek Mind: Homer, Philosophy, TragedyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.87 inPublished:April 19, 2004Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521539927

ISBN - 13:9780521539920

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; Part I. The Genesis of Coined Money: 2. Homeric transactions; 3. Sacrifice and distribution; 4. Greece and the ancient near East; 5. Greek money; 6. The preconditions of coinage; 7. The earliest coins; 8. The features of money; Part II. The Making of Metaphysics: 9. Did politics produce philosophy?; 10. Anaximander and Xenophanes; 11. The many and the one; 12. Heraclitus and Parmenides; 13. Pythagoreanism and Protagoras; 14. Individualisation; 15. Appendix: was money used in the early near East?

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"A powerful and valuable set of observtion on the impact of the introduction of coinage on the early Greek world." EH.net