Money as a Marker of Cultural Continuity and Change in Central Asia


in After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam

Published by British Academy

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263846
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734113 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Money as a Marker of Cultural Continuity and Change in Central Asia

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This chapter examines the role of coins or money as a marker of cultural continuity and change in Central Asia. It explores the full range of surviving coins to create an overview of coinage in the region and suggests that the origins and progress of coinage in ancient Central Asia can be seen as creating for the region an emerging tradition framing both the long-term and the innovative elements which characterize the coins of the region as contributors to a unified pattern. The findings reveal that, for more than 1,000 years, the coinages of ancient Central Asia were part of a continuous tradition which illustrated the Greek and Iranian cultures of the region combined with the strong adherence of local settled communities to their nomad origins.

Keywords: coins; money; Central Asia; cultural continuity; cultural change; Greek culture; Iranian culture; nomad; local settled communities

Chapter.  15718 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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