The Monetary Systems of the Greeks and Romans

Paperback | April 29, 2010

EditorHarris, W. V.

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Most people have some idea what Greeks and Romans coins looked like, but few know how complex Greek and Roman monetary systems eventually became. The contributors to this volume are numismatists, ancient historians, and economists intent on investigating how these systems worked and how theyboth did and did not resemble a modern monetary system. Why did people first start using coins? How did Greeks and Romans make payments, large or small? What does money mean in Greek tragedy? Was the Roman Empire an integrated economic system? This volume can serve as an introduction to suchquestions, but it also offers the specialist the results of original research.

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Most people have some idea what Greeks and Romans coins looked like, but few know how complex Greek and Roman monetary systems eventually became. The contributors to this volume are numismatists, ancient historians, and economists intent on investigating how these systems worked and how theyboth did and did not resemble a modern moneta...

W. V. Harris is Shepherd Professor of History at Columbia University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:April 29, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. John Kroll: The Monetary Use of Weighed Bullion in Archaic Greece2. David M. Schaps: What Was Money in Ancient Greece and Rome?3. Richard Seaford: Money and Tragedy4. Edward E. Cohen: The Elasticity of the Money-Supply at Athens5. J. G. Manning: Coinage as `Code' in Ptolemaic Egypt6. David B. Hollander: The Demand for Money in the Late Roman Republic7. David Kessler and Peter Temin: Money and Prices in the Early Roman Empire8. Elio Lo Cascio: The Function of Gold Coinage in the Monetary Economy of the Roman Empire9. W. V. Harris: The Nature of Roman Money10. Jean Andreau: The Use and Survival of Coins and of Gold and Silver in the Vesuvian Cities11. Constantina Katsari: The Monetization of the Roman Frontier Provinces: A Quantitative Revision12. Walter Scheidel: The Divergent Evolution of Coinage in Eastern and Western Eurasia