Excavations at Nemea III - The Coins by Knapp, R. C. & Mac Isaac, J. D.
University of California Press
Casebound, blue gilt, 290 pages, 32 black and white plates
Since 1974 the University
of California at Berkeley
has been sponsoring extensive excavations at the Panhellenic athletic festival
center of ancient Nemea in the modern Greek province of Korinthia.
With its well-documented excavation and clear historical context, the site
offers an excellent opportunity for investigation and analysis. This volume,
the third in a series of publications on Nemea,
is a detailed presentation of the more than three thousand
legible coins from all over the ancient world that have been unearthed there.
The coins, which are mostly bronze but show an unusually high proportion of
silver, reflect the periods of greatest activity at the site - the late Archaic
and Early Classical, the Early Hellenistic, the Early Christian, and the Byzantine.
More than a compendium of data, the study breaks new ground with its analysis
and contextualization of numismatic evidence in an archaeological setting.