Wealth and Warfare: The Archaeology of Money in Ancient Syria [Hardback]

Frédérique Duyrat(Author)

ISBN: 9780897223461 | Published by: American Numismatic Society | Series: Numismatic Studies | Volume: 34 | Year of Publication: 2016 | Language: English 600p, H11 x W8.5, 100
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Wealth and Warfare


Wealth and Warfare assembles for the first time the evidence for coin finds in the region of ancient Syria from the 5th to the 1st century BCE. A full catalogue of all known coin hoards and published excavation finds serves as the basis for an explanation of monetary behavior in an area extending over parts of modern Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, and Turkey. In seven chapters of analysis, Duyrat establishes the limits of what we can learn from coin circulation, to compare the data from commerce to the data from legal excavations, to try to understand the chronological evolution of coin circulation and how much political events or warfare affect it, and to evaluate what coin finds tell us of the wealth and poverty of the people who assembled them. One chapter is devoted to how the contemporary history of the countries within the scope of this study has influenced the documentation. This book determines more precisely than ever what circulated in the ancient Near East and can provide the patterns by which to evaluate the loss suffered by the cultural heritage of this region.

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"“…a detailed monograph that is much more than a mere list of hoards and their systematic analysis of both coin circulation and chronology.” "

Coins Weekly ()

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