The Roman Monetary System

Because of radical changes in my life, it has been almost a month since I posted anything in my blog. My fighting spirit seems to be returning with a vengeance and I am preparing myself for several worthwhile debates. One piece of news that may interest you is the publication of my monograph on The Roman Monetary System. The book has been published by Cambridge University Press in February but I had a chance to look at it only last week. The description at the back of the cover seems to be accurate “This is a comprehensive study of he workings of the system in the Eastern provinces from the Augustan period to the third century AD, when the Roman empire suffered a monetary and economic crisis. The Eastern provinces exemplify the full complexity of the system, but comparisons are made with evidence from the Western provinces as well as with appropriate case studies from other historical times and places”.

Even though the book started appearing in bookshops, it will be some time before the libraries include in their shelves. Of course, I am not complaining. It took me so many years to complete this study that I can certainly wait to see it cited, read or even noticed. Also, I have no illusions about the fact that the topic is not a ‘popular’ one. How many scholars do you know who will be interested in inflationary tendencies, monetary integrations or chartalism? Even though the topics are important, not many colleagues find them easily digested. Maybe the theme of my next book should consider more carefully the tastes of modern academics. However, in the meantime, I would like to discuss through this blog some if the most ‘burning’ monetary issues. Is anyone interested?

The book can be found in Amazon

Economic historian and numismatic consultant


  1. This is great. Congrats once again, Tina!

  2. Congratulations, Tina! I can’t wait to read it! — Gary

  3. This sounds very interesting…does it only focus on the east?

    • The model includes also the west. The evidence from northern Balkans resemble those from the rest of western Europe.

  4. I’m graduating in History, but the thing I most want in my life is to be an archeologist.
    By now, I’m studying the Pre-historical communities that lived in Serranopolis (a town close to mine), Brazil, 11000 years ago. But my true love is ancien archeology.

    And… yes, I am so interested in your research!!

    I’ll come back to your awesome blog! Best wishes!

  5. >>How many scholars do you know who will be interested in inflationary tendencies, monetary integrations or chartalism?<<

    Here in Kassel in good old germany we´ve got it. 😉

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