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This thought-provoking work... should be important reading for scholars in a variety of disciplines. It challenges, for example, the long-held belief that a large-scale drain of Roman specie went to India and the East in the early centuries of the Roman Empire and the concept that the western provinces of the Roman Empire were never completely monetized. These reinterpretations and others, presented forcefully with careful documentation, should arouse the attention of anyone interested in ancient or medieval history, economics, or numismatics.(History)
Kenneth W. Harl, professor of history and Fellow of the American Numismatic Society, teaches classical and Byzantine history at Tulane University. He is the author of Civic Coins and Civic Politics in the Roman East, A.D. 180-275.