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By Thomas Figueira

Was Athens an imperialistic nation, deserving all of the recognition for exploitation that adjective can suggest, or used to be the Athenian alliance, even at its such a lot unequal, nonetheless characterised through a convergence of interests?

The strength of Money explores financial and metrological coverage at Athens as a fashion of discerning the nature of Athenian hegemony in midfifth-century Greece. It starts with the Athenian Coinage Decree, which, after a long time of scholarly awareness, nonetheless offers unresolved questions for Greek historians approximately content material, reason, date, and impact. was once the Decree an act of industrial imperialism or just the codification of what used to be already present practice?

Figueira translates the Decree as one in a sequence inquisitive about monetary issues affecting the Athenian city-state and rising from the best way the gathering of tribute functioned within the alliance that we name the Athenian empire. He contends that the Decree served basically to legislate the established order ante.

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Let us take a closer look at what the hoards can actually teach us. Kraay observed a generation ago that hoards tended to be composed from coinages of their own regionr' Coins were most valuable near their point of origin where they could be used for the most transactions including the payment of taxes. Coins tended to gravitate back to their place of issuance and to the region surrounding the political zones where they had their most solid standing in law. P This discrepancy was a part of the token value of coins where they had legal standing.

The common Athenian coinage, together with the common obligations to the Great Panathenaea expressed the change from a Delian League to an Athenian Empire. Note particularly the fusion of the ideas of selfish and altruistic economic motivations with the suspicion that an ideological goal was also in the minds of the Athenians. In Wolfgang Schuller's useful overview of Athenian hegemony over their allies, the Coinage Decree is introduced to illustrate many specific details of Athenian imperial leadership.

Hellenische Poleis1 [Berlin 1974] 531-50). See also C. Ehrhardt, "Greek Treasure Trove: Hoards and Hoarders," NZN] 13 (1975) 169-73; M. Schoenhammer, "Some Thoughts on ofthe the Athenian Coinage Decree," in T. Hackens and G. ), Proceedings XI International NumismaticCongress 1 (Louvain-Ia-Neuve 1993) 187-91, esp. 187-88. The dates of hoards follows the chronology of IGCH and CH, unless specified otherwise. 24,39,41,46-48,50-54,56-59,63-69,71-73, 74. 25-29, 33, 62. 74 IGCH #42. 26 IGCH #30. ), 4.

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