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4.0 out of 5 stars Money, Oh Money, Gotta Get My Hands On Some (Fatback Band), 10 Aug 2010
This review is from: The Monetary Systems of the Greeks and Romans (Paperback)
Money is one of those subjects that really mystifies me. One year we are in the middle of a boom and champagne is flowing like water. The next year and there's a credit crunch and everyone learns new buzz words like "deleveraging" and "quantitative easing". You can't help but wonder "where exactly has the money gone?" I mean, what happened to all the banknotes and coins before the bust? The 13 articles in this collection (some of which are quite academic, sorry technical) will not answer these questions but they do explore a range of subjects centered around monetary systems but not quite just those of Greece and Rome but also Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt. We learn about the origins of money and its use in the ancient worlds. I have for a long time been intrigued about this and the first article was a slam dunk. Croesus (or predecessor) did not just wake up one fine Lydian morning and decide to create a coin with his face on it and kaboom money is invented. No, there was an interim between trade by barter and the use of shell cowries on one hand and the invention of coins. Read on.
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The Monetary Systems of the Greeks and Romans
The Monetary Systems of the Greeks and Romans by W. V. Harris (Paperback - 29 April 2010)
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