The invention of coinage and the monetization of ancient Greece [electronic resource] /
David M. Schaps.
Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, c2004.
xvii, 293 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
047211333X (acid-free paper)
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Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, c2004.
047211333X (acid-free paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-272) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
David M. Schaps is Associate Professor of Classical Studies at Bar-Ilan University in Israel.
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-07-01:
General academic readers will find many of the observations on the origins of money provocative in this well-written book. Schaps (Bar Ilan Univ.) divides his book into two substantive parts. Chapters 2-7 review the evidence for different types of money in the Near East prior to the invention of coinage in c.650 BCE. The evidence is disparate and difficult to interpret, so this synthesis and presentation, along with the appendixes on more arcane sources, is invaluable. The discussion on why coins were invented is inconclusive and now dated, because recent finds from Sardes (not available to Schaps) have vitiated older opinions on the controversy. The second half of the book deals with how the Greeks extended the use of coins to transform economic relationships in a fashion unknown in the Near East. Schaps seldom deals with knotty questions of dating and identifying early Greek coinages, so his conclusions are often tentative, and, to many scholars, too theoretical. But this bold synthesis will provoke new inquiry by historians and numismatists alike, and should move coins back to the center of early Greek economic developments. Excellent bibliography. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended to all serious scholars and students of the ancient economy, upper-division undergraduates and above. K. W. Harl Tulane University
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Main Description
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 M. Schaps addresses a range of important coinage topics, among them 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; and the developing use of money to make more money. David M. Schaps is Professor of Classics at Bar-Ilan University in Israel.
Table of Contents
List of Figuresp. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xv
The Revolutionary Inventionp. 1
Questions and Controversiesp. 18
Money before Coinage: The Ancient Near Eastp. 34
Greece before Money: The Bronze Agep. 57
Homer: Tripods and Oxenp. 63
The Archaic Age: Cauldrons, Spits, and Silverp. 80
The First Coinsp. 93
Money and the Marketp. 111
The Monetization of Politicsp. 124
War by Other Meansp. 138
The Monetization of Laborp. 150
Money on the Farmp. 163
Using Money to Make Moneyp. 175
Monetization: Limits and Illusionsp. 194
The Economist and the Historianp. 215
Pre-Greek Coinagep. 222
Prices in Solon's Dayp. 236
Unproductive Loans and Unproductive Peoplep. 241
Bibliographyp. 247
Indexp. 273
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