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The Economy of Pompeii$
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Miko Flohr and Andrew Wilson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198786573

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198786573.001.0001

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The Life of Coinage at Pompeii

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The Economy of Pompeii

Richard Hobbs

Oxford University Press

This contribution by Richard Hobbs discusses the economic history of Pompeii through coins. After discussing the nature of coin evidence at Pompeii, the chapter analyses the Republican coins found in the excavation of insula VI 6 in the north of the city. Hobbs highlights the circulation, in the second and early first centuries BC, of large quantities of coins from cities in the western Mediterranean, particularly Ebusus and Massalia. Alongside these, there were locally or regionally produced imitations of these coins. Both sets of coins shed new light on the commercial ties of Pompeii and the Bay of Naples region in the second and early first centuries BC. Subsequently, the author explores the relation between coin finds and coin use, arguing that in insula VI 6, coins were mostly found in places with a commercial function, and only rarely come from houses.

Keywords:   coin finds, coin use, excavation, Pompeii, Bay of Naples region

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