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The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Coinage

William E. Metcalf



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Oxford University Press
05 January 2016
A large gap exists in the literature of ancient numismatics between general works intended for collectors and highly specialized studies addressed to numismatists. Indeed, there is hardly anything produced by knowledgeable numismatists that is easily accessible to the academic community at large or the interested lay reader.

The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Coinage will fill this gap by providing a systematic overview of the major coinages of the classical world. The handbook begins with a general introduction by volume editor William E. Metcalf followed by an article establishing the history and role of scientific analysis in ancient numismatics. The subsequent thirty-two chapters, all written by an international group of distinguished scholars, cover a vast geography and chronology, beginning with the first evidence of coins in Western Asia Minor in the seventh century BCE and continuing up to the transformation of coinage at the end of the Roman Empire.  In addition to providing the essential background and current research questions of each of the major coinages, the handbook also includes articles on the application of numismatic evidence to the disciplines of archaeology, economic history, art history, and ancient history.

With helpful appendices, a glossary of specialized terms, indices of mints, persons, and general topics, and nearly 900 halftone illustrations, The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Coinage will be an indispensable resource for scholars and students of the classical world, as well as a stimulating reference for collectors and interested lay readers.
By:   William E. Metcalf
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 247mm,  Width: 180mm,  Spine: 32mm
Weight:   1.156kg
ISBN:   9780199372188
ISBN 10:   0199372187
Series:   Oxford Handbooks
Pages:   720
Publication Date:   05 January 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Preface Abbreviations Introduction, William E. Metcalf 1. The Substance of Coinage: The Role of Scientific Analysis in Ancient Numismatics, Matthew Ponting Archaic and Classical Greek Coinage 2. The Monetary Background of Early Coinage, John H. Kroll 3. Asia Minor to the Ionian Revolt, Koray Konuk 4. The Coinage of the Persian Empire, Michael Alram 5. The Coinage of Athens, 6th - 1st century B.C., Peter van Alfen 6. Aegina, the Cyclades and Crete, Kenneth Sheedy 7. The Coinage of Italy, N. K. Rutter 8. The Coinage of Sicily, Wolfgang Fischer-Bossert 9. Greece and the Balkans to 360 B.C., Selene Psoma The Hellenistic World 10. Royal Hellenistic Coinages from Alexander to Mithridates, François de Callatay 11. The Hellenistic World: The Cities of Mainland Greece and Asia Minor, Richard Ashton 12. The Coinage of the Ptolemies, Catharine C. Lorber 13. The Seleucids, Arthur Houghton 14. Greek Coinages of Palestine, Oren Tal 15. The Coinage of the Parthians, Fabrizio Sinisi The Roman World 16. Early Roman Coinage and its Italian Context, Andrew Burnett 17. The Denarius Coinage of the Roman Republic, Bernhard E. Woytek 18. The Julio-Claudians, Rienhold Wolters 19. Ancient Spain, Pere P. Ripollès 20. Flavian Coinage, Ian Carradice 21. The Coinage of the Provinces through Hadrian, Michel Amandry 22. Trajan and Hadrian, Martin Beckmann 23. Antonine Coinage, Liv Mariah Yarrow 24. The Provinces after Commodus, RAnn Johnston 25. Syria in the Roman Period, 64 B.C. - A.D. 260, Kevin Butcher 26. Roman Coinages of Palestine, Haim Gitler 27. The Severans, Richard Abdy 28. From Gordian III to the Gallic Empire (A.D. 238-74), Roger Bland 29. The Later Third Century, Sylviane Estiot 30. The Coinage of Roman Egypt, Angelo Geissen 31. Tetrarchy and the House of Constantine, Richard Abdy 32. The Coinage of the Later Roman Empire, A.D. 364-498, Sam Moorhead 33. The Transformation of the West, Alan M. Stahl Appendix 1: Marks of value on later Roman coins, Roger Bland Appendix 2: The earliest Christian symbols on Roman coins, Richard Abdy Indices a. Mints b. Persons c. General

William E. Metcalf is Professor of Classics, Yale University and Ben Lee Damsky Curator of Coins and Medals, Yale University Art Gallery.

Reviews for The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Coinage

As Metcalf notes (xvii), it is over 100 years since the last single volume guide to Greek coinage was produced, and there has never been an equivalent work for Rome. This new handbook is, therefore, long overdue and hugely welcome. All involved are to be congratulated and, while in a project as broad as this there are inevitably some omissions, we now have something where there was nothing, and for that we should be very grateful. It is much to be hoped that students of the history of all periods will find their way to this rich new resource. Andrew Meadows, Bryn Mawr Classical Review This book represents an unprecedented innovation in numismatic literature and is becoming widely regarded as the best introduction to classical ancient coins. It is far more than a guide written solely for collectors. Instead, it was written to serve also as an introduction for graduate or post-doctoral students in the ancient cultures who seek training in classical numismatics. As a work in the renowned Oxford Handbooks series, this volume was written to offer an authoritative and annotated state-of-the-art survey of current thinking and research in the subject area. However, it is just that focus that makes it such a valuable text for serious collectors of ancient coins. Roger Kuntz, Rochester Numismatic Association

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