Money and the Early Greek Mind: Homer, Philosophy, Tragedy / Edition 1 by Richard Seaford | 9780521539920 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Money and the Early Greek Mind: Homer, Philosophy, Tragedy / Edition 1

Money and the Early Greek Mind: Homer, Philosophy, Tragedy / Edition 1

by Richard Seaford
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521539927

ISBN-13: 9780521539920

Pub. Date: 03/31/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521539920
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

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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