The invention of coinage in ancient Greece provided an arena in which rival political groups struggled to imprint their views on the world. Here Leslie Kurke analyzes the ideological functions of Greek coinage as one of a number of symbolic practices that arise for the first time in the archaic period. By linking the imagery of metals and coinage to stories about oracles, prostitutes, Eastern tyrants, counterfeiting, retail trade, and games, she traces the rising egalitarian ideology of the polis, as well as the ongoing resistance of an elitist tradition to that development. The argument thus aims to contribute to a Greek "history of ideologies," to chart the ways ideological contestation works through concrete discourses and practices long before the emergence of explicit political theory. To an elitist sensibility, the use of almost pure silver stamped with the state's emblem was a suspicious alternative to the para-political order of gift exchange. It ultimately represented the undesirable encroachment of the public sphere of the egalitarian polis. Kurke re-creates a "language of metals" by analyzing the stories and practices associated with coinage in texts ranging from Herodotus and archaic poetry to Aristotle and Attic inscriptions. She shows that a wide variety of imagery and terms fall into two opposing symbolic domains: the city, representing egalitarian order, and the elite symposium, a kind of anti-city. Exploring the tensions between these domains, Kurke excavates a neglected portion of the Greek cultural "imaginary" in all its specificity and strangeness.
Coins, Bodies, Games, and Gold will give classicists much to ponder and argue about; cultural historians and comparatists in other fields, too, should read this book."--Deborah Boedecker, Center for Hellenic Studies and Brown University
Author: Leslie Kurke
Publisher: Princeton University Press
The great mathematician Archimedes, a Sicilian Greek whose machines defended Syracuse against the Romans during the Second Punic War, was killed by a Roman after the city fell, yet it is largely Roman sources, and Greek texts aimed at Roman audiences, that preserve the stories about him. Archimedes' story, Mary Jaeger argues, thus becomes a locus where writers explore the intersection of Greek and Roman culture, and as such it plays an important role in Roman self-definition. Jaeger uses the biography of Archimedes as a hermeneutic tool, providing insight into the construction of the traditional historical narrative about the Roman conquest of the Greek world and the Greek cultural invasion of Rome. By breaking down the narrative of Archimedes' life and examining how the various anecdotes that comprise it are embedded in their contexts, the book offers fresh readings of passages from both well-known and less-studied authors, including Polybius, Cicero, Livy, Vitruvius, Plutarch, Silius Italicus, Valerius Maximus, Johannes Tzetzes, and Petrarch. "Jaeger, in her meticulous and elegant study of different ancient accounts of his life and inventions...reveal more about how the Romans thought about their conquest of the Greek world than about 'science'." ---Helen King, Times Literary Supplement "An absolutely wonderful book on a truly original and important topic. As Jaeger explores neglected texts that together tell an important story about the Romans' views of empire and their relationship to Greek cultural accomplishments, so she has written an important new chapter in the history of science. A genuine pleasure to read, from first page to last." ---Andrew Feldherr, Associate Professor of Classics, Princeton University "This elegantly written and convincingly argued project analyzes Archimedes as a vehicle for reception of the Classics, as a figure for loss and recovery of cultural memory, and as a metaphorical representation of the development of Roman identity. Jaeger's fastening on the still relatively obscure figure of the greatest ancient mathematician as a way of understanding cultural liminality in the ancient world is nothing short of a stroke of genius." ---Christina S. Kraus, Professor and Chair of Classics, Yale University "Archimedes and the Roman Imagination forms a useful addition to our understanding of Roman culture as well as of the reception of science in antiquity. It will make a genuine contribution to the discipline, not only in terms of its original interpretative claims but also as a fascinating example of how we may follow the cultural reception of historical figures." ---Reviel Netz, Professor of Classics, Stanford University Cover art: Benjamin West. Cicero Discovering the Tomb of Archimedes. Yale University Art Gallery. John Hill Morgan, B.A. 1893, LL.B. 1898, M.A. (Hon.) 1929, Fund.
Leslie Kurke, Coins, Bodies, Games, and Gold: The Politics of Meaning in
Archaic Greece (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999), 42. 55.Kurke,
Coins, Bodies, Games, and Gold, 43. 56.Kurke, Coins, Bodies, Games, and Gold,
Author: Mary Jaeger
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Coins have long been a vital part of the discipline of classical studies of the ancient world. However, many scholars have commented that coins have not been adequately integrated into the study of the New Testament. This book provides an interdisciplinary gateway to the study of numismatics for those who are engaged in biblical studies. Wenkel argues that coins from the 1st century were cultural texts with communicative power. He establishes a simple yet comprehensive hermeneutic that defines coins as cultural texts and explains how they might be interpreted today. Once coins are understood to be cultural texts, Wenkel proceeds to explain how these texts can be approached from three angles. First, the world in front of the coin is defined as the audience who initially read and responded to coins as cultural texts. The entire Roman Empire used coins for payment. Second, the world of the coin refers to the coin itself – the combination of inscriptions and images. This combination of inscription and image was used ubiquitously as a tool of propaganda. Third, the world behind the coin refers to the world of power and production behind the coins. This third angle explores the concept of authorship of coins as cultural texts.
The language of metals was used by Plato to “articulate hierarchies or divisions”
in the Republic.6 For example, gold was associated with aristocracy ... Thomas
Figueira, “Review of Coins, Bodies, Games, and Gold,” AJP 121 (2000): 642–46.
Author: David H. Wenkel
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Despite the fact that Athenians consumed great quantities of manufactured goods, and around half of the residents of classical Athens can be shown to have been more or less dependent for survival on manufacturing in some form, this subject has been almost completely neglected by historians.Poiesis brings together ancient texts and inscriptions, recent scholarly analysis, archaeological finds, and the expertise of modern craftsmen to investigate every known facet of Athens' manufacturing activities.Authored by a management consultant and a recent PhD in Ancient History, the book presents the information in terms of contemporary business principles, drawing on supply and demand and risk-return analysis to explain events and choices. Manufacturing operations are classified in a novel frameworkbased on competitive advantage and barriers to entry, concepts previously absent from ancient history. The framework explains why certain segments were suited to the sole craftsman and others to teams of slaves, and deduces earnings potential based upon competitive differentiation. The result is anew angle on how Athenian society operated; in particular it shows how fragmented industry structures, often the result of primitive technology, were fundamental to the workings of the Athenian democracy by enabling citizens to supplement their income through casual manufacturing activity. The bookexplains how manufacturing for sale emerged from autarchic peasant households, explores whether any of the industries examined changed to any great extent in Hellenistic and Roman times, and shows how some were transformed by the Industrial Revolution. It includes a methodology for quantifying thedemographics of participation in manufacturing.By presenting a new paradigm of historical analysis, one complementing political, military, and literary perspectives, the book will be valuable to classicists and ancient and economic historians.
Archaic Coinage as Evidence for the Use of Money. In eds. ... A Chronology of
Early Athenian Bronze Coinage, c.350–250 BC. In eds. ... Review of Leslie
Kurke's Coins, Bodies, Games and Gold: The Politics of Meaning in Archaic
Author: Peter Acton
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Examining the figure of Aesop and the traditions surrounding him, Aesopic Conversations offers a portrait of what Greek popular culture might have looked like in the ancient world. What has survived from the literary record of antiquity is almost entirely the product of an elite of birth, wealth, and education, limiting our access to a fuller range of voices from the ancient past. This book, however, explores the anonymous Life of Aesop and offers a different set of perspectives. Leslie Kurke argues that the traditions surrounding this strange text, when read with and against the works of Greek high culture, allow us to reconstruct an ongoing conversation of "great" and "little" traditions spanning centuries. Evidence going back to the fifth century BCE suggests that Aesop participated in the practices of nonphilosophical wisdom (sophia) while challenging it from below, and Kurke traces Aesop's double relation to this wisdom tradition. She also looks at the hidden influence of Aesop in early Greek mimetic or narrative prose writings, focusing particularly on the Socratic dialogues of Plato and the Histories of Herodotus. Challenging conventional accounts of the invention of Greek prose and recognizing the problematic sociopolitics of humble prose fable, Kurke provides a new approach to the beginnings of prose narrative and what would ultimately become the novel. Delving into Aesop, his adventures, and his crafting of fables, Aesopic Conversations shows how this low, noncanonical figure was--unexpectedly--central to the construction of ancient Greek literature. Some images inside the book are unavailable due to digital copyright restrictions.
This book, however, explores the anonymous Life of Aesop and offers a different set of perspectives.
Author: Leslie Kurke
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
The Ancient Economy introduces readers to the nature of economic life in the ancient world, and provides a valuable guide to scholarly debates on the subject. The book describes and examines the economic processes and fluctuations of the ancient world, and shows how these relate to political and social change and conditions. Leading experts address the central issues, from agricultural production to the uses of money and the creation of markets. Taken as a whole the book exemplifies the range of interdisciplinary perspectives on the ancient economy, and illustrates the methodological approaches scholars have deployed to understand it. In doing so it draws on literary, ecological and archaeological evidence.
She has argued that coinage in particular interfered with regimes of value that
were associated with precious metal. Money in the form ... + “Herodotus and the
Language of Metals, Helios XXII (1995), 36–64; Coins, Bodies, Games, and Gold.
Author: Walter Scheidel
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Category: Business & Economics
The great helmsman, the watchdog of the people, the medicine the state needs: all these images originated in ancient Greece, yet retain the capacity to influence an audience today. This is the first systematic study of political imagery in ancient Greek literature, history and thought, tracing it from its appearance, influenced by Near Eastern precursors, in Homer and Hesiod, to the end of the classical period and Plato's deployment of images like the helmsman and the doctor in the service of his political philosophy. The historical narrative is complemented by thematic studies of influential complexes of images such as the ship of state, the shepherd of the people, and the state as a household, and enhanced by parallels from later literature and history which illustrate the persistence of Greek concepts in later eras.
'The diseased body politic, Athenian public finance, and the massacre at
Mykalessos (Thucydides 7.27–29)', AJP 120: 223–44. —(2003). 'Dêmos ... Kurke,
L. (1999a). Coins, bodies, games and gold: the politics of meaning in archaic
Author: Roger Brock
Publisher: A&C Black
Category: Literary Criticism
Selected by Choice as a 2012 Outstanding Academic Title Awarded a 2012 PROSE Honorable Mention as a Single Volume Reference/Humanities & Social Sciences A Companion to Women in the Ancient World presents an interdisciplinary, methodologically-based collection of newly-commissioned essays from prominent scholars on the study of women in the ancient world. The first interdisciplinary, methodologically-based collection of readings to address the study of women in the ancient world Explores a broad range of topics relating to women in antiquity, including: Mother-Goddess Theory; Women in Homer, Pre-Roman Italy, the Near East; Women and the Family, the State, and Religion; Dress and Adornment; Female Patronage; Hellenistic Queens; Imperial Women; Women in Late Antiquity; Early Women Saints; and many more Thematically arranged to emphasize the importance of historical themes of continuity, development, and innovation Reconsiders much of the well-known evidence and preconceived notions relating to women in antiquity Includes contributions from many of the most prominent scholars associated with the study of women in antiquity
“Frauenzimmer in der romischen domus.” In Harich-Schwarzbauer and Spath (
eds.): 111–32. Kurke, L. 1999. Coins, Bodies, Games, and Gold: The Politics of
Meaning in Archaic Greece. Princeton, NJ. Kurtz, D. C. and Boardman, J. 1971.
Author: Sharon L. James
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Literary Criticism
This book presents a theoretically informed, up-to-date study of interactions between indigenous peoples of Mediterranean France and Etruscan, Greek, and Roman colonists during the first millennium BC. Analyzing archaeological data and ancient texts, Michael Dietler explores these colonial encounters over six centuries, focusing on material culture, urban landscapes, economic practices, and forms of violence. He shows how selective consumption linked native societies and colonists and created transformative relationships for each. Archaeologies of Colonialism also examines the role these ancient encounters played in the formation of modern European identity, colonial ideology, and practices, enumerating the problems for archaeologists attempting to re-examine these past societies.
... 1992 Das Römerlager in Oberaden, III: die Ausgrabungen im nordwestlichen
Lagerbereich und weitere Baustellenuntersuchungen der Jahre 1962–1988.
Aschendorff, Münster. Kurke, L. 1999 Coins, Bodies, Games, and Gold: The
Author: Michael Dietler
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Category: Social Science
Offered to John H Kroll upon his retirement from the University of Texas at Austin, this volume features essays on Greek coinage, exchange, and polis economies from the Archaic to Hellenistic periods. Included in the collection are studies that explore aspects of Homeric and Archaic exchange, the law of sale, and cavalry costs. Other studies examine the social, economic and historical contexts of coinages from Abdera, Athens, "Lete," Lydia, Mylasa, and Side, and present new interpretative approaches to "cooperative" coinage and those from archaeological sites.
An inventory of Greek coin hoards . New York ... The Athenian Agora XXVI , The
Greek coins . Princeton : American School of ... Review of L . Kurke , Coins ,
bodies , games , and gold : The politics of meaning in Archaic Greece . The
Author: Peter G. Van Alfen
Publisher: Amer Numismatic Society
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
( 2000 ) Review : Coins , Bodies , Games , and Gold : The Politics of Meaning in
Archaic Greece by L. Kurke . CJ 96 ( 1 ) , 85-90 . ( 2001 ) “ Observations on
Monetary Instruments in Pre - Coinage Greece . In Hacksilber to Coinage : New
Author: Brian Lewis Frazer
THE ELECTRUM COINAGE OF SAMOS IN THE LIGHT OF A RECENT HOARD *
The origins of struck money ... See most recently L . Kurke , Coins , Bodies ,
Games and Gold ( 1999 ) ; G . Le Rider , La naissance de la monnaie ( 2001 ) ; D
Author: Elmar Schwertheim
The ancient Olympic Games began in 776 BC and ran for over 1000 years, waning during the Roman Empire and the advent of Christianity. The ancient games were imbued with a sacred significance. This book brings together some of the objects associated with these ancient games, including sculptures, grave markers, ceramic vases and sporting equipment. These objects originate from a broad geographical area, falling at one time or another into the Greek sphere. Despite their diversity of styles the objects remain connected by a group of uniting factors. They all relate to the theme of sport, most have a religious rather than secular significance and they all stand as rare examples of their kind.
Coins , bodies , games and gold : the politics of meaning in Archaic Greece ,
Princeton University Press , Princeton NJ , 1999 . Pollitt , J J . Art in the Hellenistic
age , Cambridge University Press , Cambridge , 1986 . Rasmussen , T and
Author: Terry Measham
Publisher: Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences
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Ancient Greece ( Princeton , NJ : Princeton University Press , 1999 ) ; xxi plus 384
; ISBN 0691 007365 , $ US 29 . 95 / £18 . 95 . This book is divided into two main ...
Category: Mediterranean Region
Winston chronicles this “ religion of action ” He catalogs how car dealers analyze
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Zeitschrift für alte Geschichte.
14 10 L. Kurke , Coins , Bodies , Games , and Gold ( Princeton 1999 ) 142–143 .
Kurke also argues ( 135 ) that the term dióopov åpetá applied to Croesus in
Pindar , Pythian 1.94 , means “ kindly generosity ” but does not explicitly link the
Category: History, Ancient
4 , it is also introduced as ` a book about coinage , as it figures in and shapes the
Greek cultural imaginary in the first two ... In Coins , Bodies , Games , and Gold ,
K . offers us another challenging interpretation of the poetics of social economy .
The items that were imported into Egypt included gold, silver, timber, worked
wood and «everything coming from the Sea of ... The Consuming Passions of
Classical Athens, London 1997, 109-127; L. Kurke, Coins, Bodies, Games, and