The Invention of Coinage and the Monetization of Ancient Greece

The Invention of Coinage and the Monetization of Ancient Greece

by David Schaps
     
 

ISBN-10: 047211333X

ISBN-13: 9780472113330

Pub. Date: 12/11/2003

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

The invention of coinage was a conceptual revolution, not a technological one. Only with the invention of Greek coinage does the concept "money" clearly materialize in history. Coinage appeared at a moment when it fulfilled an essential need in Greek society and brought with it rationalization and social leveling in some respects, while simultaneously producing new…  See more details below

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The invention of coinage was a conceptual revolution, not a technological one. Only with the invention of Greek coinage does the concept "money" clearly materialize in history. Coinage appeared at a moment when it fulfilled an essential need in Greek society and brought with it rationalization and social leveling in some respects, while simultaneously producing new illusions, paradoxes, and new elites. In a book that will encourage scholarly discussion for some time, David Schaps addresses a range of important coinage topics: money, exchange, and economic organization in the Near East and in Greece before the introduction of coinage; the invention of coinage and the reasons for its adoption; the monetization of the marketplace, politics, warfare, labor and agriculture; and the developing use of money to make more money.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472113330
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
12/11/2003
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Figures....................xiii
Abbreviations....................xv
1. The Revolutionary Invention....................1
2. Questions and Controversies....................18
3. Money before Coinage The Ancient Near East....................34
4. Greece before Money The Bronze Age....................57
5. Homer Tripods and Oxen....................63
6. The Archaic Age Cauldrons, Spits, and Silver....................80
7. The First Coins....................93
8. Money and the Market....................111
9. The Monetization of Politics....................124
10. War by Other Means....................138
11. The Monetization of Labor....................150
12. Money on the Farm....................163
13. Using Money to Make Money....................175
14. Monetization Limits and Illusions....................194
1. The Economist and the Historian....................215
2. Pre-Greek Coinage....................222
3. Prices in Solon's Day....................236
4. Unproductive Loans and Unproductive People....................241
Bibliography....................247
Index....................273

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