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Since 1974 the University of California at Berkeley has been sponsoring extensive excavations at the Panhellenic athletic festival center of ancient Nemea in the modern Greek province of Korinthia. With its well-documented excavation and clear historical context, the site offers an excellent opportunity for investigation and analysis. This volume, the third in a series of publications on Nemea, is a detailed presentation of the more than three thousand legible coins from all over the ancient world that have been unearthed there. The coins, which are mostly bronze but show an unusually high proportion of silver, reflect the periods of greatest activity at the site—the late Archaic and Early Classical, the Early Hellenistic, the Early Christian, and the Byzantine. More than a compendium of data, the study breaks new ground with its analysis and contextualization of numismatic evidence in an archaeological setting.
Preface and Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Selected Bibliography and Abbreviations
Specialized Terminology and Abbreviations Elevations, Grid References, and Measurements
Part I: The Classical, Hellenistic, Roman Provincial and Roman Coins to AD 306
Conspectus of Coins
Introduction: Archaeonumismatics and Nemea Overview
Coins in Sanctuaries
Circulation of Bronze Coins
Bronze Mints Not Attested at Nemea
Nemea on Coins
Catalogue of Coins, Part I
Part II: The Early Christian and Later Coin Finds from Nemea
The Early Christian Community
Comnenid and Frankish Nemea
Catalogue of Coins, Part II
Index of Subjects
Index of Inventoried Finds
Robert C. Knapp is Professor of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley. John D. Mac Isaac is Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion at Mary Washington College.
"In this book one finds much more than a mere compendium of numismatic data. Knapp's analysis of the coins as historical and monetary documentation of the Nemea sanctuary sets new standards of investigation and inquiry. Mac Isaac's addendum on the Late Roman and Medieval coins makes the volume complete and contains a number of original observations on the character and chronology of these low-value coins that commonly appear in nearly every Greek excavation."—John H. Kroll, Professor of Classics, The University of Texas at Austin