Eponymous Coin-Names

P. M. Fraser

in Greek Ethnic Terminology

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780197264287
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191753978 | DOI:

Series: Lexicon of Greek Personal Names

Eponymous Coin-Names

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The ktetics of certain Greek cities were in wide circulation from an early date, with reference either to the coins of the cities or to the standard weights and values of their coinage, as used by other cities. The most familiar of these are the Aeginetan and Athenian, and later the Rhodian, all of which appear in a wide variety of sources, and in particular in the weights and measures assigned to votive offerings of precious metals, including coinage, in temple-inventories, notably those of Athens and Delos, and in the long temple-accounts for the work carried out at Delphi in the middle of the fourth century. The ktetic in -ικός/η/όν was regularly used in this context, both in documentary and literary usage.

Keywords: ktetics; Greek cities; coins; Aeginetan coinage; Athenian coinage; Rhodian coinage; Delphi; precious metals

Chapter.  1722 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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