Silver and Money in the Ancient Near East

K. Kleber, R.J. van der Spek, Jan Gerrit Dercksen, Michael Jursa

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This paper gives a general introduction on money in the ancient Near East, with focus on the role of silver and trust. Attention is paid to the rich documentation of the Old-Assyrian trade between the city of Assur in Northern Mesopotamia and Kanesh in Anatolia (20th-19th century BC), the developments in the use of gold and silver currency (uncoined money) in Babylonia between c. 2000 and the arrival of Alexander the Great in 331 BC. The perception of money and the measure of monetization of the society are key issues.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMoney, Currency and Crisis
Subtitle of host publicationIn Search of Trust, 2000 BC to AD 2000
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781315210711
ISBN (Print)9781138628359
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameRoutledge Explorations in Economic History

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Chapter title changed: Money, silver and trust in Mesopotamia [old]


  • Economic History
  • Mesopotamia
  • Monetary standard
  • Assyriology

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