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The Monetary Systems of the Greeks and Romans
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The Monetary Systems of the Greeks and Romans

W. V. Harris

Abstract

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 book are numismatists, ancient historians, and economists intent on investigating how these systems worked and how they both 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 such questions, but i ... More

Keywords: Greek coins, Roman coins, money, Greek tragedy, economic systems, currency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199233359
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233359.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

W. V. Harris, editor
Shepherd Professor of History, Columbia University
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