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Coins from the Excavations at Sardis

Coins from the Excavations at Sardis

Their Archaeological and Economic Contexts: Coins from the 1973 to 2013 Excavations

Jane DeRose Evans

ISBN 9780674987258

Publication date: 08/01/2018

Sardis, capital city of the Lydian and Persian kings, stronghold of the Seleukid kings, metropolis of Roman Asia, and episcopal see in the Byzantine period, has been the focus of archaeological research since the early 1900s. This monograph focuses on the over 8,000 coins minted in the Lydian, Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods that were excavated between 1973 and 2013 in the Harvard-Cornell Expedition.

The book places coins within eastern Mediterranean historical, cultural, and economic contexts, in order to better understand the monetized economy of Sardis. It adds important archaeological context to shed light on the uses of coins and the nature of the deposits, with attention paid to the problems of monetary circulation and chronological development of the deposits, especially in the Late Roman period. Statistical analyses, including a new method of analyzing the deposits, help define the nature and chronological horizons of the strata. A catalog of the coins concludes the main body of the study, followed by appendices on countermarks, monograms, and statistical analyses.


  • A fundamental work and example of high-quality research in an uneasy scientific field.

    —Sergei A. Kovalenko, Ancient West and East


  • Jane DeRose Evans is Professor of Art History at Temple University.
  • Andrew Ramage is Professor Emeritus in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies at Cornell University.
  • Nicholas D. Cahill is Professor of Art History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Book Details

  • 350 pages
  • 8-1/2 x 11 inches
  • Archaeological Exploration of Sardis
  • Series edited by Andrew Ramage and Nicholas D. Cahill