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Money and the Early Greek Mind: Homer, Philosophy, Tragedy

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An original theory that connects the development of coinage to the origins of rational philosophy in ancient Greece.

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  • Money and the Early Greek Mind: Homer, Philosophy, Tragedy (Cambridge University Press) – Hardcover (2004)
    by Richard Seaford

    Money and the Early Greek Mind: Homer, Philosophy, Tragedy

    Hardcover, Cambridge University Press
    2004
    English
    384 pages

    ISBN: 0521832284
    ISBN-13: 9780521832281

    How were the Greeks of the sixth century BC able to invent philosophy and tragedy? In this book Richard Seaford argues that a large part of the answer can be found in another momentous development, the invention and rapid spread of coinage which produced the first ever thoroughly monetised society. By transforming social relations, monetisation contributed to the ideas of the universe as an impersonal system (presocratic philosophy) and of the individual alienated from his own kin and from the gods (in tragedy). Seaford ... Show more

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