The Island Standard: The Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman Coinages of Paros


(Numismatic Studies 28, 2013)

by John A. N. Z. Tully

Price: US$29.98 (no Member discount)
ISSN 0517-404-x
ISBN 978-0-89722-329-4
Hardcover, 250 pp., 27 pls.

This book is the first comprehensive study of the monetary history of one of the major coin-producing states of the Hellenistic and Roman Aegean. It analyzes the Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman coinages of the Cycladic island of Paros. It presents a die study of all known silver and bronze issues, and argues that Paros and its neighbor Naxos minted in the Hellenistic Period not on the Rhodian standard as has sometimes been thought, but on their own distinct standard: the “island standard”. All coin types are fully described, and die varieties are illustrated in 27 plates.


Ascription, Types, and Iconography
Overview, Metrology, and Quantification
Archaeological and Hoard Evidence
Paros, Naxos and the Numismatic Context
Appendix 1. Non-Parian Issues
Appendix 2. Ancient Imitative Coinage
Appendix 3. Modern Parian Forgeries
Appendix 4. Weight and Frequency Distribution
Appendix 5. Naxian and Parian Comparanda

John Tully read Greats at Magdalen College, Oxford before moving to Harvard, then Princeton, where he finished his PhD dissertation on “Networks, Hegemony, and Multipolarity in the Hellenistic Cyclades” in 2012. In 2010, he took the Eric P. Newman Graduate Seminar in Numismatics at the ANS in New York; this book is a direct result of the project he started there. He is currently a consultant in New York.

“Tully’s work is an outstanding example of numismatic scholarship and erudition, which substantially advances the ongoing discussion of how to interpret the Cyclades within the Greek world. In particular, his handsomely produced book now becomes the definitive starting-point for all future examinations of Parian coinages.”
–Corey J. Ellithorpe, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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