The Power of Money: Coinage and Politics in the Athenian by Thomas Figueira

By Thomas Figueira

Was Athens an imperialistic kingdom, deserving the entire popularity for exploitation that adjective can suggest, or used to be the Athenian alliance, even at its so much unequal, nonetheless characterised by way of a convergence of interests?

The energy of Money explores financial and metrological coverage at Athens as a fashion of discerning the nature of Athenian hegemony in midfifth-century Greece. It starts off with the Athenian Coinage Decree, which, after a long time of scholarly cognizance, nonetheless provides unresolved questions for Greek historians approximately content material, reason, date, and impact. used to be the Decree an act of industrial imperialism or just the codification of what used to be already present practice?

Figueira translates the Decree as one in a chain desirous about monetary concerns affecting the Athenian city-state and rising from the way in which the gathering of tribute functioned within the alliance that we name the Athenian empire. He contends that the Decree served essentially to legislate the established order ante.

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Kraay, GreekCoinsandHistory (London 1969) 49-51; I. Carradice, "The 'Regal' Coinage of the Persian Empire," Coinage andAdministration, 73-95, esp. 77, 87; cf. Schonert-Geiss Klio(1974) 382, or later pieces may be misattributions or additions. See also H. Nicolet-Pierre, "Xerxes et la tresor de l' Athos (IGeH 362)," RN 6 34 (1992) 7-22. Carradice notes the incongruity of envisaging an early fifth-century hoard in the bed of the canal. 33, "Tolbuhine district, Bulgaria, 1979" (ca. 500-400) containing ca.

As a presumptive threshold in the exertion of Athenian control over the allies, this enactment is usually assumed to have had far-reaching ramifications, which we ought to be able to detect through archaeological data. Instead we shall discover that the monetary and metrological history (as far as the latter can be determined) of the fifth century appears to reflect a complexity of practices that look for all the world like the result of the manifold decisions of many political agents and do not demonstrably mirror an imposition of a single pattern, the result of an act of a hegemonic authority.

Were found among 14 Egypto-/PhilistoArabian obols. 39 In general, note A. Davesne, "La circulation monetaire en Cilicie a l'epoque achemenide," REA 91 (1989) 157-68, esp. 159-60. 40 IGCH #1250 (ca. ; 96+ st. Lycial E. 39, "Lycia, 1981/82" (ca. 480). C( IGCR #1262, "Bucak" (ca. 375-70). Moreover, note J. 91 (1989) 169-82, esp. 172-75, suggesting further aggregation of these Lycian hoards. 48). 42, "Larnaca, 1933" (479-78), from the site of ancient Kition, with ca. 700 coins, and #1276, "Dali, 1869" (ca.

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