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Coinage and Empire

09-06-2015 (17:00 - 18:00)

There has been a renascence in scholarly interest in the Athenian Empire over the past decade or so, rejuvenated by new research in economic history, numismatics, epigraphy, linguistics, networks and regional histories, and the interactions among these disciplines. This seminar will focus on recent as well as ongoing research on the impact that coins played in the development of the Athenian empire; the famous Coinage, Weights and Measures Decrees (a.k.a., the Coinage Decree, the Standards Decree) looms large; several speakers will examine it from the perspective of monetary and economic policy, as well as of chronology and context. We hope to demonstrate how vital the evidence of coins and monetary issues are to writing the history of the Athenian empire, and perhaps, by extension, empire generally; two papers will take a comparative perspective. We hope to stimulate discussion and debate; much remains controversial and fresh.

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