Review of: Julien Monerie, L'économie de la Babylonie à l'époque hellénistique. Studies in Ancient Near Eastern records, 14 . Berlin; Boston: De Gruyter, 2018

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Abstract

The book starts with a description of the Babylonian economy on the eve of the Macedonian conquest, and then discusses a number of major issues: I. The direct consequences of the Macedonian conquest (331 – 305 BC); II. The Seleucid empire and the question whether it can be considered a new "oriental" empire or rather something new (305-187 BC); III. The economy of the Babylonian sanctuaries (3rd century BC); IV. Discussion of the character of the Babylonian economy: open market economy or not? The chapters find a general conclusion at the end, which is in fact a kind of summary. The book also contains seven very valuable and informative appendices on money and prices, a bibliography, an Akkadian glossary and various indices. Three issues are discussed in the review: 'continuity and change', 'money and currency', 'political developments in Seleucid cities. Babylon a polis'.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
JournalBryn Mawr Classical Review
Volume2019
Issue number04
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2019

Keywords

  • economic history
  • Ancient Near East
  • History
  • Assyriology
  • economy

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