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The Monetary Systems of the Greeks and Romans$
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W. V. Harris

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199233359

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233359.001.0001

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Money and Tragedy

Money and Tragedy

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The Monetary Systems of the Greeks and Romans

Richard Seaford

Oxford University Press

In 6th century BC, the advanced Greek city-states were rapidly and pervasively monetized, largely through the introduction of coinage. It has been suggested that this monetization was a crucial factor in the genesis and in the preoccupations both of Presocratic philosophy and of Athenian tragedy. This chapter relates the monetization of Athens first to the development of polis festivals under the tyrants and then to the form and content of tragedy, which came into being in a polis festival of Dionysos.

Keywords:   ancient Greeks, Athenian tragedy, Presocratic philosophy, polis festival, Dionysos, tyrants, monetization

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