Ep. 08: Money and Power in Hellenistic Bactria

The Planchet, Season 1, Episode 8. An interview with Simon Glenn, Digital Curator of the early modern collections of the Ashmolean Museum, and author of Money and Power in Hellenistic Bactria (Numismatic Studies 40). Image: Silver tetradrachm of Demetrius I (200–185 BC), ANS 1997.9.67.

The eighth episode of The Planchet features an interview with Dr. Simon Glenn of the Ashmolean Museum. We discuss Glenn’s new book published by the American Numismatic Society, Money and Power in Hellenistic Bactria (Numismatic Studies 40), learning where Bactria was located, who lived there (and when), the history of Hellenistic coins minted in the region and how they changed over time, why we know so little about ancient Bactria and its people, and how the pandemic and modern warfare have largely prevented additional archaeological excavation to answer these questions.

Purchase a copy of Money and Power in Hellenistic Bactria here (for US readers) and here (for readers outside the US).

Follow these links for examples of the coins mentioned in this episode:

Diodotus stater
Demetrius tetradrachm
Eucratides 20 stater
Antimachus tetradrachm
Agathocles uncertain denomination

Total Time: 55 minutes

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