Ancient History from Coins / Edition 1

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Overview

Like other volumes in this series, Ancient History from Coins demystifies a specialism, introducing students (from first year upwards) to the techniques, methods, problems and advantages of using coins to do ancient history.
Coins are a fertile source of information for the ancient historian; yet too often historians are uneasy about using them as evidence because of the special problems attaching to their interpretation. The world of numismatics is not always easy for the non-specialist to penetrate or understand with confidence. Dr Howgego describes and anlyses the main contributions the study of coins can make to ancient history, showing shows through numerous examples how the character, patterns and behaviour of coinage bear on major historical themes. Topics range from state finance and economic policy to imperial domination and political propaganda through coins types.
The period covered by the book is from the invention of coinage (ca 600BC) to AD 400.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415089937
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Series: Approaching the Ancient World Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
List of figures
Preface
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
1 Money 1
The history of coinage 1
What difference did having a coinage make? 12
Use of coinage: Athens 18
Use of coinage: Rome 22
2 Minting 24
Where did the metals come from? 24
What is a mint? 26
How large were issues? 30
Why were coins struck? 33
Coinage and state expenditure 35
3 Empires 39
Coinage and imperialism 39
Athens 44
Persia 46
Philip II and Alexander 48
Seleucids 51
Ptolemies 52
Attalids 54
Rome 56
4 Politics 62
Coin types and politics 62
Patterns of political representation: Greece 63
Patterns of political representation: Rome 67
Choice and intention 70
Audience and reception 73
Imagery and language 75
Themes of power 77
5 Circulation 88
The evidence and its limitations 88
Reasons for the movement of coin 91
Archaic period 95
Late classical and hellenistic periods 98
Roman period 100
6 Crisis 111
Crisis at Athens and Rome 111
Coinage under pressure (excluding Rome) 113
Reasons for monetary manipulations in the Roman world 115
Causes of inflation 121
The third-century crisis 136
Notes 141
Bibliography 143
Key to plates 162
Index 171
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