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Coinage in the Roman Economy, 300 B.C. to A.D. 700 (Ancient Society & History)


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The premier form of Roman money since the time of the Second Punic War (218-201 B.C.), coins were vital to the success of Roman state finances, taxation, markets, and commerce beyond the frontiers. Yet until now, the economic and social history of Rome has been written independently of numismatic studies, which detail such technical information as weight standards, mint output, hoards, and finds at archaeological sites. In Coinage in the Roman Economy, 300 B.C. to A.D. 700, noted classicist and numismatist Kenneth W. Harl brings together these two fields in the first comprehensive history of how Roman coins were minted and used. Drawing on both literary and documentary sources, as well as on current methods of metallurgical study and statistical analysis of coins from archaeological sites, Harl presents a sweeping overview of a system of coinage in use for more than a millennium. Challenging much recent scholarship, he emphasizes the important role played by coins during overseas expansion of the Roman Republic during the second century B.C., in imperial inflationary policies during the third and fourth centuries A.D., and in the dissolution of the Roman Mediterranean order in the seventh century A.D. He also offers the first region-by-region analysis of prices and wages throughout Roman history with reference to the changing buying power of the major circulating denominations. And he shows how the seldom studied provincial, civic, and imitative coinages were in fact important components of Roman currency. Richly illustrated with photographic reproductions of nearly three hundred specimens, Coinage in the Roman Economy offers a significant contribution to Roman economic history. It willbe of interest to scholars and students of classical antiquity and the Middle Ages as well as to professional and amateur numismatists.

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An historical and numismatic study demonstrating how Romans used coined money in payrolls, tax collection, trade, and daily transactions over the course of a millennium. Harl (history, Tulane U.) skillfully blends a love of coins with solid economic history from literary and documentary sources and emphasizes the important role coins played in Roman expansionism (particularly in Egypt), offering a regional analysis of prices and wages throughout Roman history. The author's study often challenges current scholarship, bringing fresh perspectives to accepted economic theories. Includes 267 black and white plates of the coins discussed.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Harl, Kenneth W.
Johns Hopkins University Press
Ancient - Rome
Economic Conditions
Coins, Currency & Medals
Coins, Roman
Rome Economic conditions.
Ancient Society & History
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8.86x5.74x1.50 in. 1.61 lbs.

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