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War or Trade? Attic-Weight Tetradrachms from Second-Century <span class="smallCaps">bc</span> Attalid Asia Minor in Seleukid Syria after the Peace of Apameia and their Historical Context

Selene Psoma

in Attalid Asia Minor

Published in print April 2013 | ISBN: 9780199656110
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746239 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656110.003.0008
War or Trade? Attic-Weight Tetradrachms from Second-Century bc Attalid Asia Minor in Seleukid Syria after the Peace of Apameia and their Historical Context

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This chapter considers why and how Attic-weight tetradrachms from the mints of western Asia Minor came to arrive in large numbers in Seleukid Syria between the Peace of Apameia and the 130s bc. It connects their presence to the military help provided by Eumenes II to Antiochos IV, and later by Attalos II to Alexander I Balas. Even after the introduction of the cistophoroi, the Attalids used Attic-weight coinage for payments abroad. The coinages of the independent cities of western Asia Minor became Attalid money by way of contribution to the Attalid king's military activities during this period of endless wars between the Attalids and the Galatians and the kings of Bithynia and Pontos.

Keywords: coinage; attalids; seleukids; attic-weight tetradrachms

Chapter.  13567 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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