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Author Name    Lang, Mabel; Crosby, Margaret

Title   The Athenian Agora, Volume X, Weights, Measures and Tokens

Binding   Cloth

Book Condition   Very Good

Jacket Condition   No Jacket

Edition   First Edition

Size   4to - over 9" - 12" tall

Publisher   Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.A. The American School of Classical S 1964

ISBN Number    978087661210

Seller ID   007585

Results of Excavations conducted by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Printed and presumed bound in Germany. Wedgwood blue cloth binding, with gilt-stamped lettering to the front board and to the spine. 12 x 9 inches. Unbumped spine head and gently bumped tail, with very gently bumped upper corners. Text block firmly bound in. With xii and 146 numbered pages, and followed by 36 full-page B&W plates. An immensely clean copy, and rather tight. Very gently read. No dust jacket [as issued?]. A Very Good copy. Scarce in any condition. Courtesy of ASCSA: "The first part of this book deals with weights (14 bronze, 109-111 lead, 28 stone) and measures (75 dry, 28-31 liquid). Although humble objects, the detailed study of these everyday items provides archaeological evidence for substantial changes in weight standards at different times in Athenian history. This reinforces literary evidence for a highly centralized bureaucracy controlling trade and commerce. In the second part of the book, Crosby catalogues and discusses some 900 lead and 46 clay tokens uncovered during the Agora excavations. The bulk of the lead material dates from the Roman period, while all the clay pieces belong to the 4th, 3rd, and 2nd centuries B.C. These tokens served diverse functions. Some were used as admission tickets for festivals and theater performances while others can be related to attendance at lawcourts or receipt of tax payments."

Price = 300.00 USD

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